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house Bill H.R. 45

Repealing the Affordable Care Act

Argument in favor

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still widely unpopular, and many have seen their health insurance plans canceled & premiums rise since it took effect.

Argument opposed

This bill will never be signed into law by President Obama. Even if it were, repealing the ACA would be costly and people could lose their health insurance.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed May 16th, 2013
    Roll Call Vote 229 Yea / 195 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
      Committee on Appropriations
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
      Committee on the Budget
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Rules
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Health
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 45?

 This bill would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), in addition to the health-care related provisions of the Health Care & Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA) of 2010.

If enacted, H.R. 45 would restore all laws that were amended by the passage of the ACA & HCERA.


While there is dispute over whether the House has voted
54 times or only six times to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there is no question about the purpose and extent of this bill. If passed, H.R. 45 would completely repeal the ACA and restore health-care related laws that were changed after it’s passage.

Impact

Anyone with health insurance through the ACA, health-care providers, insurance companies, government agencies related to healthcare, Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 45

$100.00 Billion
A CBO cost estimate found that the net savings from repealing the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA would be more than $1.2 trillion between 2014-2023. It also estimated that the cost of repealing the rest of the ACA would be more than $1.3 trillion in that time frame. The net magnitude of these changes are difficult to quantify, but are projected cost about $100 billion between 2014-2023.

More Information

Of Note:

President Obama’s signature law has never achieved the level of popular support that he would have hoped. According to the RealClearPolitics average of the law’s approval, only 38.7 percent of Americans currently support the law, while 51.1 percent oppose it.

The ACA bumpy roll out hasn’t helped either. The administration estimated that as many as 93 million Americans who were covered by old health insurance policies that did not conform to the ACA’s coverage requirements would face the cancellation for their plans. The employer mandate to provide health insurance to employees has been postponed, and then postponed again. The federal health insurance exchange website — Healthcare.gov — experienced major problems at its launch. Some of the state exchanges have not fared better, as Oregon was forced to scrap its website, while Maryland had to completely rebuild theirs.


The ACA’s defenders point out that not everything has gone poorly and that there are many success stories out there. The Los Angeles Times reported:

"Judith Silverstein, 49, a Californian who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. Her family helps her pay the $750 monthly cost of her existing plan--which she only had because of federal law requiring that insurers who provide employer-based insurance continue to offer coverage if the employer goes out of business, as hers did. Next year she'll get a subsidy that will get her a good "silver" level plan for $50. 

For Silverstein that coverage is indispensable. Her case is relatively mild, but MS is a progressive condition that typically has made its sufferers pariahs of the individual insurance market in the past. "I researched the options," she says. "Nobody's going to sell you insurance in the individual market if you have MS." But these customers can't be excluded or saddled with big premium markups any more."

Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) Press Release

CBO Cost Estimate

American Thinker (In Favor)

Statement of Administration Policy by the White House (In Opposition)

The Hill

The Daily Beast

RealClearPolitics Poll Average

(Photo Credit: Flickr user ✖ Daniel Rehn)

Official Title

To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

    Repealing a work in progress without a solid plan in place is dangerous for so many families. My husband had cancer 15 years ago but has been in remission for 13. If pre-existing conditions cause a roadblock again, even my HEALTHY family will struggle to obtain and afford decent healthcare!
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