The American Health Care Act is a disaster for women. But it may get even worse.
This week, in an attempt to woo extreme House Republicans to line up in support of Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, Republican leadership proposed various sweeteners to the bill. Two proposals being considered — one eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurers provide coverage of essential health benefits, one of the Act’s most popular provisions, and the other proposing a Medicaid work requirement for some people with Medicaid — would be devastating to millions of women.
Make no mistake: Speaker Ryan’s American Health Care Act, or AHCA, was a disaster for women from the moment it was introduced. But House leaders appear committed to making the final version even more harmful to women.
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