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PRESS CALL: After Senate Majority Includes Individual Mandate Repeal in Tax Bill, CAP to Release State-by-State Analysis of Premium Increases, Increases in Uninsured, and Cuts to Medicare
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PRESS CALL: After Senate Majority Includes Individual Mandate Repeal in Tax Bill, CAP to Release State-by-State Analysis of Premium Increases, Increases in Uninsured, and Cuts to Medicare

Washington, D.C. — This week, a bad deal for millions of middle-class families got even worse; the Senate majority—which has been working overtime to quickly jam through a major giveaway to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations—inserted an insidious attack on the American health care system. The Senate tax bill aims to repeal the individual mandate, which would result in 13 million more uninsured and a $1,990 premium increase for the typical middle-class family buying insurance on its own.

In addition, the tax bill would increase deficits by $1.5 trillion. And because of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act, any such deficit increase would result in automatic cuts to Medicare as well as to other programs that fund Meals on Wheels, child care, and foster care. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that, in 2018, the cuts to Medicare will amount to $25 billion.

On a press call on Thursday, November 16, the Center for American Progress will release new analysis that will illustrate state-by-state examples of the health insurance premium increase for a middle-class family, state-by-state increases in Americans without health insurance, and state-by-state cuts to Medicare. The Senate Finance Committee, which is considering the tax bill, is scheduled to vote to advance the legislation on Thursday.

WHAT:

Press call to release new state-by-state analysis on middle-class premium increases, rise in the uninsured, and cuts to Medicare

WHEN:

Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. EST

WHO:

Seth Hanlon, senior fellow, Center for American Progress

Emily Gee, health economist of Health Policy, Center for American Progress

DIAL-IN INFORMATION:

Contact Allison Preiss at [email protected] for dial-in information.