Bread for the World Urges Senate to Reject AHCA

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AHCA–Bread for the World today urged the Senate to reject the American Health
Care Act (AHCA), which was passed by the House of Representatives. The
AHCA will take away health insurance from millions of Americans,
including 14 million on Medicaid.

“The American Health Care Act will push millions of people into hunger
and poverty,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the
World. “The AHCA takes away health insurance from tens of millions of
Americans and drives up costs for millions more. This is not what
Americans were promised.”

At least 24 million people would lose their health care coverage under
the AHCA. The AHCA would cap state Medicaid funding and eliminate the
Medicaid expansion. States would receive less money to cover children,
the poor, the elderly, and the disabled, resulting in the rationing of
health care. Approximately 68 million Americans receive health insurance
through the Medicaid program.

The AHCA would also cut subsidies that have made it possible for
millions of families to buy health insurance, and allow insurers to
charge higher rates for those with pre-existing conditions. This would
place the cost of health insurance out of reach for millions of
families, especially the poor and elderly. Before the Affordable Care
Act, 1 in 3 people with chronic medical conditions had to choose between
paying for medical treatment and purchasing food for their family.

“Protecting Medicaid is a priority for the faith community,” Beckmann
added. “The ‘fixes’ made to the AHCA do nothing to change the fact that
millions of low-income Americans will lose their health coverage.
Medical bills often drive families, especially those who struggle to
make ends meet, into hunger and poverty. We strongly urge the Senate to
reject this bill.”

Bread for the World (www.bread.org)
is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to
end hunger at home and abroad.

Contacts

Bread for the World
Chris Ford, 202-688-1077
cford@bread.org