Between July 25 and July 28, 2017, the U.S. Senate considered legislation to repeal and replace, in varying degrees, the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act (a.k.a. “ACA”, a.k.a. “Obamacare”). The most aggressive “repeal and replace” choice would have, as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), resulted in 22 million Americas losing their health care coverage over the next 10 years. The least aggressive choice, the so-called “skinny repeal” would have resulted in an additional 16 million uninsured Americans over the next decade and premiums would be 20% higher in each year than they were projected to be under current law.
The NAACP strongly believes that access to high-quality health care is a civil right which should be enjoyed by every American, regardless of his or her race, color, gender, age, point of national origin, disability, sexual orientation or station in life, and as such opposed all of these proposals. We were therefore relieved that all of them were defeated.
For more information on the proposals and to see how your Senators voted, please review the attached Issue Alert.