Butterfield Releases New Report Showing Local Risks of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

Mar 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released a new district report highlighting the risks to North Carolina’s First Congressional District if President Trump and congressional Republicans move forward with plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Since the ACA was implemented in 2012, the uninsured rate in our district has dropped from 19.2 percent to 15.2 percent. Nationally, more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans have gained access to affordable and high quality health insurance. Thanks to this expanded access, the uninsured rate has reached an historic low. 

The ACA’s significant gains were achieved by creating online Marketplaces for consumers to purchase insurance with financial assistance, and by expanding Medicaid.  The district report finds that 35,800 people in the district selected high-quality coverage through the ACA Marketplaces in 2016, including 32,600 people who received financial assistance to purchase their coverage.  This coverage could be lost if Republicans dismantle the Marketplaces. 

The report also finds that 24,100 people who have employer sponsored health insurance could lose important consumer protections – like the prohibition on annual and lifetime limits and the prohibition on coverage exclusions for preexisting health conditions – if the ACA is repealed. Republican proposals to tax employer-based health coverage could destabilize employer-based coverage and impose the largest middle class tax increase in history on individuals who have health insurance through their employers.

“This report shows the devastating impacts that Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act would have on the First District,” said Butterfield.  “More than half a million North Carolinians have gained coverage since the ACA was implemented and another half a million stand to gain coverage under Governor Cooper’s proposal to expand Medicaid in the state.  North Carolinians have better health coverage and care thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  I remain steadfastly committed to protecting access to affordable health care and Medicaid from Republicans who are working to take it away.”

A copy of the district report is available here.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield is a senior member of the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce where he serves as the fourth most senior Democrat on the Health Subcommittee.