This week, the Congressional Budget Office released their estimate of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, and I’m worried how this legislation will impact my insurance and the future of my business. The BCRA will leave 22 million uninsured, and I could be one of them.
After the passage of the ACA, my husband, who is also a business owner, and I enrolled in Illinois’ state marketplace, Get Covered Illinois. This plan was a huge financial safety net, and allowed me to keep my business open despite my cancer diagnosis last year. While details of the Senate plan are still unknown, the House’s replacement plan would allow states to opt out of many of the ACA’s protections and set up costly high-risk pools for those with pre-existing conditions, like me. If this bill passes, either my husband or I would be forced to leave our businesses to find employer-sponsored coverage.
And many entrepreneurs across the country, especially those with pre-existing conditions, are facing the same fate. That’s why I encourage the Senate to drop any attempts to repeal the ACA.
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