Urban Institute: ACA Repeal Would Stick Hospitals With A $1.1 Trillion Bill From Uncompensated Costs

A straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act could mean that the country’s hospitals would cumulatively incur $1.1 trillion in uncompensated care costs from 2019 to 2028, according to a new report from the Urban Institute.

The findings are grim: The number of uninsured citizens would spike from 28.9 million to 58.7 million, more than when the ACA was passed because of the perceived volatility of the individual marketplace from the disruption. That will almost double the uninsured rate, from 11 percent to 21 percent. Congress is currently considering partial repeal through reconciliation, which targets components of the law that would have an impact on the federal budget, the report notes. And then there’s this: “There is currently no consensus around alternative health policies to enact as the ACA is repealed; consequently, partial repeal via reconciliation without replacement is possible and merits analysis.”

“This scenario does not just move the country back to the situation before the ACA. It moves the country to a situation with higher uninsurance rates than was the case before the ACA’s reforms,” the report continues. “To replace the ACA after reconciliation with new policies designed to increase insurance coverage, the federal government would have to raise new taxes, substantially cut spending, or increase the deficit.”

 

 

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  • James Gilliland

    Wow a scare piece what are you trying to accomplish with this article? Stop it, you know this is not going to be the case. Take a deep breath and relax. Give the new congress and Pres a chance.

    • Genie Hill Ramirez

      What planet are you living on James. You posted this 3 months ago and now the budget is cutting even more from health care and medical research. Go read and you’ll really get scared. Trump and his Goon squad are taking away crucial benefits on many laws that will have poor people out in the streets dying, elders with no meals on wheels, school children from lower income families without the meals available for free any longer at school. EPA cut back. Medicaid almost non existence….on and on. Horrific management of our country by a wanna be FACIST and Bannon is telling Trump what shots to call! 🙁