WISCONSIN — Today, in an interview with Breitbart News Radio, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) said the Affordable Care Act should be repealed if Republicans take back power in 2024. In response, Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse issued the following statement:
“Once again, Ron Johnson is saying the quiet part out loud. The Affordable Care Act is more popular than ever, with record enrollment thanks to President Biden and Democrats’ work to drive down premiums costs. Yet Republicans just can’t quit their mission to raise health care costs, eliminate protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, and throw people off their coverage. Republicans like Senator Johnson aren’t just vowing to return to Trump-era health care attacks, but the GOP is totally unified in opposing any measure to lower health care costs, including reducing prescription drug prices. The bottom line is that, while President Biden and Democrats in Congress are fighting for better health care, Republicans are going right back to their same old war on American health care.”
What’s At Stake For Wisconsinites:
- 224,000 Wisconsinites could lose coverage. The Center for American Progress estimates that 224,000 Wisconsinites are at risk of losing coverage if the ACA is overturned.
- 41,000 Wisconsin young adults with their parents’ coverage could lose care. Because of the Affordable Care Act, millions of young adults are able to stay on their parents’ care until age 26.
- 28,000 Wisconsin children could lose their coverage. Thousands of Wisconsin children gained coverage thanks to the ACA and risk losing their coverage if the law is overturned.
- Wisconsinites would lose important federal health care funding — an estimated reduction of $1 billion in the first year. A 2019 Urban Institute analysis estimated that a full repeal of the ACA would reduce federal spending on Wisconsinites’ Medicaid/CHIP care and Marketplace subsidies by $1 billion.