The Senate health care plan to replace Obamacare would force over one million Michigan residents to lose their health insurance while causing middle-class residents to pay higher costs for worse coverage, according to a coalition of health care providers.
Relying on a study by the Urban Institute, the Protect MI Care coalition said in a press release this morning that the number of uninsured, nonelderly Michigan residents would increase nearly 206 percent by 2022, the fourth highest percent increase in the nation. The largest impact would be felt by those poor and working class families who are covered by Medicaid.
The Urban Institute projects that 898,000 working-age adults and 115,000 children in Michigan would lose their insurance under the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) under consideration in the Senate. Only West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania would be hit harder by the plan, which some refer to as Trumpcare.
The Senate GOP plan would impact low-income families, according to Protect MI Care, but it would also hit many, particularly those where pre-existing conditions and other serious health needs are a factor. Many could face higher premiums, higher deductibles, or both.
The proposed $722 billion nationwide cut in Medicaid over the next 10 years, according to the coalition, would likely force the state Legislature to roll back eligibility for large portions of its Medicaid programs, commonly known as the Healthy Michigan Plan.
“The bills introduced by both the Senate and House GOP are creating alarming instability in the market,” said Dennis Paradis, chair of the coalition, which includes consumer groups, insurer organizations and advocates for the sick and disabled.
“The campaign platform of a plan that ‘would be better for more people at a reduced cost’ is an empty promise. If passed, the health of some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents could be compromised and employers could return to the days of indiscriminately dropping health care insurance for workers.”
Protect MI Care calls for reforms to Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, that would guarantee:
- Michigan’s current high rate of insurance coverage (94 percent) continues.
- The 30 percent of Michiganders with pre-existing conditions continue to have affordable coverage.
- Hospital and physician uncompensated care costs continue to decrease.
- Nobody pays more than 10 percent of household income for high quality health care.