Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH11) called on Ohioans to not be fooled by a misguided plan by House Republican Leadership to throw out health care reform.
“Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions. Companies could charge women higher premiums just for being women. Seniors had no end in sight to the Medicare Part D prescription donut hole. Apparently, House Republicans think these injustices are ok. Repeal strikes at the very protections our families and seniors need,” said Congresswoman Fudge. “Over half a million Ohioans once again risk completely losing their health insurance when they are dropped for being in an accident, become sick, or make a simple mistake on an application.
“Moreover, repeal does the opposite of what Republicans claim. Instead of lowering health care costs, repeal opens the floodgates to higher prescription drug costs and adds $230 billion dollars to the deficit over 10 years. Who’s kidding whom? The only winners in this scenario are insurance companies. Ohioans deserve better.”
Without the Affordable Care Act:
o 35,500 young adults would lose their insurance coverage through their parents’ health plans. Families across Ohio would lose the peace of mind the Affordable Care Act provides by making sure that young adults without their own coverage can stay on their parents plan to age 26.
o Nearly 6.7 million residents of Ohio with private insurance coverage would suddenly find themselves vulnerable again to having lifetime limits placed on how much insurance companies will spend on their health care.
o New insurance plans would no longer be required to cover recommended preventive services, like mammograms and flu shots, without cost sharing, nor would they have to guarantee enrollees the right to choose any available primary care provider in the network or see an OB-GYN without a referral.
o More than 1.8 million seniors in Ohio who have Medicare coverage would be forced to pay a co-pay to receive important preventive services, like colonoscopies.
o Medicare would no longer pay for an annual check-up visit, so more than 1.8 million seniors in Ohio who have Medicare coverage would have to pay extra if they want to stay healthy by getting check-ups regularly.
o 109,102 Ohio Medicare Beneficiaries Would See Significantly Higher Prescription Drug Costs: In 2010, these Medicare beneficiaries received a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate to help pay for prescription drugs in the donut hole coverage gap. In 2011 these beneficiaries will be eligible for 50 percent discounts on covered brand name prescription drugs. Without the law, the burden of high prescription drug costs would hurt millions of Medicare beneficiaries across the country.
o 156 Employers Would Not Be Receiving Help from the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program: Businesses, schools and other educational institutions, unions, State and local governments, and non-profits would not be receiving much-needed financial relief to help early retirees and their families continue to have quality, affordable health coverage. Find a list of organizations in Ohio that would not have been accepted into this program here.