On July 25, 2017, 50 senators voted to begin 20 hours of debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Casting aside Senate protocol, they agreed to move forward with a vote on health care legislation without even knowing which bill(s) they’ll be voting on.
After failing to gain support for their first health care bill, Senate Republican leadership has released a new bill, without making any substantive changes that would increase access to meaningful coverage. The new bill should be swiftly rejected.
A new brief from CLASP and ZERO TO THREE highlights the importance of health insurance to infants, toddlers, and their families as well as historic gains in coverage made under the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Republicans have released their health reform bill. The so-called Better Care Bill—which would actually make care worse—would reverse the progress made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It would weaken the health care premium tax credits and raise consumers’ costs while reducing their benefits. The core of the bill is deep and permanent cuts to the Medicaid program.
Many jobs that once provided workers with economic security have been replaced by contingent employment arrangements. This means workers often have to rely on Medicaid to get health insurance for themselves and their families or face going uninsured.
President Trump's FY 2018 budget proposes to make cruel and devastating cuts to programs that support children, families, and individuals of modest means, slash investments in America’s future, and destabilize state and local budgets—which would in turn precipitate a next round of deep cuts to basic services.