National Breast Cancer Coalition

National Breast Cancer Coalition Statement on Affordable Care Act Replacement

Millions Will Lose Access to Affordable Healthcare

Washington, DC -- Legislation from the GOP that seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act, if passed, will cause millions of Americans to lose their healthcare coverage and will harm women and men with breast cancer and their families.    For those who depend on the ACA, access to quality and affordable healthcare can mean life or death. 

The proposed legislation would restrict access to Medicaid, replace subsidies with tax credits for low and middle income individuals and families, and encourage the use of health savings accounts.  For families and individuals who may be living paycheck to paycheck, health savings accounts are a luxury, while subsidies are a necessity that allows access to more affordable coverage.  The bill will decrease the assistance people receive to offset the cost of premiums and people with serious illnesses will be impacted the most. Because they will be unable to afford the coverage they need, women and men living with breast cancer will have two choices, forgo lifesaving treatment or go into debt.

“The next iteration of health care law should expand access, while reducing costs for individuals who can least afford it.  Access to affordable healthcare is a right for all, regardless of income level.  The proposed legislation seems to reflect a belief that healthcare is a privilege – for those who can afford it,” said NBCC President Fran Visco.

The Affordable Care Act has saved lives.  Moreover, while it is true the draft legislation maintains some protection for those with pre existing conditions, it does so with significant restrictions and does not help the millions who will not be able to afford healthcare under the new law. What will happen to the women and men with breast cancer who depend on the ACA?