Group Contends Health Care Reform Repeal Would Cost TN $73B

If a budget proposal adopted March 29 by the U.S. House of Representatives is put into effect Tennessee could lose more than $73 billion by 2022 and an additional 628,000 Tennesseans could be uninsured, according to a report by Families USA cited by the News Sentinel.
The nonprofit consumer health care advocacy/lobbying organization on Tuesday released the report, which broke down state-by-state the impact of the proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.
The report said the proposal, which reduces the deficit by cutting health care programs that largely help middle- and low-income Americans, would cost the nation $2.75 trillion over the next 10 years and “end Medicare and Medicaid as they currently exist.”
It would repeal 2010s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Tennessee wasn’t in Families USA’s list of top 10 states impacted: California, which faces $303.8 billion in cuts, followed by Texas, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Georgia and Michigan. But the report said all states face “substantial” cuts. Tennessee currently has a waiver for Medicaid replacing it with TennCare; the state pays 35 cents and the federal government 65 cents of every TennCare dollar.

Note: As originally posted, this item used the figure $75 Million instead of Billion. It has been corrected.

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