The tax bill, which includes eliminating the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, has been passed by the Senate and House. As a result, we can expect significant setbacks for millions of Americans' access to high-quality, affordable health care and coverage.
The block grant proposal in the Graham-Cassidy bill would erode coverage of needed medical services and pose major issues for state budgets. Repealing the individual mandate without alternative incentives for enrollment will lead to fewer people enrolled and higher premiums.
Kaiser Permanente believes progress in health care should be judged on access, affordability and outcomes. Changes to our nation’s health care laws, therefore, should increase access to high-quality, affordable care and coverage for as many people as possible. The “skinny” repeal measure currently being discussed in the U.S. Senate apparently does not meet any of those standards.
Millions of Americans will pay more for an insurance policy that comes with a much steeper deductible under the new Senate plan, according to some health economists and insurance experts, including Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson.