Delaware Gov. John Carney says the House bill that aims to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will hurt the state’s finances.
“The Republican proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act would dramatically change how the federal government funds Medicaid, reduce access to quality healthcare for many vulnerable Delaware families and cost Delaware taxpayers millions each year,” the governor stated.
“We will work closely with Delaware’s congressional delegation to oppose this change and any other deep cuts to Delaware’s Medicaid program. No law is perfect, and the Affordable Care Act is no exception,” Carney stated. “But these changes take us in the wrong direction. Any changes to the Affordable Care Act and our nation’s healthcare system more broadly should drive down the cost of care and make our population healthier. This proposal simply shifts costs to those who can least afford it. It would also make our state’s budget challenges even worse.”
Under the Affordable Care Act, Delaware expanded the number of people eligible for Medicaid health benefits.
The bill from House Republicans would end the requirement that Americans carry health care coverage and limit Medicaid expansion. It would offer tax incentives for those buying health care on the open market through tax subsidies aimed at older Americans and people with lower incomes.
The House Republican bill has also been criticized by some conservatives who say it keeps the government involved in heatlh care.
The bill has gained the support of the Trump Administration.