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Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World is alarmed that 23 million people, including 14 million on Medicaid, would lose health insurance coverage under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives on May 4. The new estimate was recently released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), weeks after the AHCA was passed.
This will only serve to increase hunger and poverty in the United States, which already has the highest number of hungry and poor people among the world’s richest countries.
“The American Health Care Act would have a devastating impact on working families, driving many deeper into hunger and poverty,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Without health insurance, people must often choose between putting food on the table and receiving the medical care they need.”
The AHCA is the first step in the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
The CBO found that the AHCA will cut $834 billion from Medicaid over 10 years, which will cause 14 million Americans to lose coverage. The score does not take into account the additional $610 billion President Trump proposes to cut from Medicaid in the fiscal year 2018 budget The White House released on Tuesday.
Restructuring Medicaid, a program that covers over 70 million people, and ending the Medicaid expansion will put affordable health care coverage out of reach for millions of Americans. More than one-third of all U.S. children rely on Medicaid for their health care, and almost half of Medicaid recipients are children.
The AHCA would also cut subsidies that have made it possible for millions of families to buy health insurance, dramatically raising costs for poor people and senior citizens. Before Obamacare, 1 in 3 Americans with chronic medical conditions had to choose between paying for medical treatment and purchasing food for their family.
“The AHCA, combined with President Trump’s proposed budget, would be a double whammy for struggling families,” Beckmann said. “The president has broken his promise not to cut Medicaid, and 14 million Americans will pay the price.”
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Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
Bread for the World is calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to build a better 1,000-Days infrastructure in the United States.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.
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