Health Care

Cantor's Myth: Americans receive more, not less health care through Affordable Care Act

After more than 30 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, you begin to hear a repeat of the same arguments.  So tonight, after two days of debate, we're going to leave you with the craziest one we heard this time around, courtesy of Majority Leader Eric Cantor.  Of all the claims Republicans have made against health care reform, this is one of the more remarkable ones:

“More and more Americans are going to go without health care because of this law.”

 Yup, you read that right. The fact-check really writes itself:

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would take away essential health care benefits and patient protections for millions of Americans, including:

  • 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions would lose security of health care, including 17 million children, starting in 2014
  • 6.6 million young adults, including 3.1 million who were previously uninsured, would no longer be guaranteed that they could stay on their parents' health care plans until age 26.
  • 67,000 Americans with pre-existing conditions could become uninsured if the insurance marketplace is again allowed to lock them out.
  • 15 million Americans could be dropped by their insurance companies, who would be allowed to retroactively cancel coverage for sick patients based on unintentional mistake in paperwork.

The list goes on and on. And the Congressional Budget Office agrees:

“Compared with prior law, the ACA is now estimated by CBO and JCT to reduce the number of nonelderly people without health insurance coverage by 30 million to 33 million in 2016 and subsequent years.” [Congressional Budget Office]

We can't wait to read all the fact checks tomorrow!