Déjà Vu: Another ACA Repeal Bill That Would Harm Women’s Health

There is a saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  Well . . . Senate Republicans have introduced yet another bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which once again would be disastrous for women’s health, and here’s hoping that it meets the same fate as all of the other failed ACA repeal attempts:

The bill, introduced yesterday by Senators Cassidy and Graham, includes many provisions that we’ve seen in prior repeal efforts that would harm women’s health and some new ones. Here is a sampling of some of the ways that the bill hurts women’s access to health care and coverage:

  • It slashes federal support that helps women afford health care services and coverage: The bill would eliminate the ACA’s cost-sharing reductions and tax credits that make health insurance affordable, which would be devastating for the over 9 million women who, as of 2014, were eligible to benefit from the tax credits and would otherwise have gone without affordable health insurance, including a large number of women of color.

To sum it up — this is yet another all-out attack on women’s health and we must continue to resist and let our senators know that enough is enough.  It’s time to move on and work towards strengthening, not dismantling, women’s access to the health care that they need!