As Congressmen across the country continue to hear a backlash from those upset about "repeal and replace" plans, California health care advocates are speaking out on the recently-leaked congressional proposals that analysts say will rollback more than just the Affordable Care Act.
"It ends the Medicaid expansion in 2020 that four million Californians depend on," Anthony Wright with Health Access California.
Anthony Wright of Health Access California points out that the plan drafted by Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy goes farther than undoing coverage for more than 5 million people in the state. "It ends the Medicaid expansion in 2020 that four million Californians depend on," according to Wright. "It reduces the affordability tax credits, which now help over one million Californians get an average of $309 a month in tax credits."
Sara Flocks of the California Labor Federation says low income families would be hit the hardest. "Families making $20,000 to $30,000 a year seeing a 23 percent increase in the effective tax rate," said Flocks. "Those making over $250,000 would only see a five percent increase." Flocks says the tax will also speed up a trend toward skimpier benefits with increased out-of-pocket costs.