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That annual loss could balloon to $24.3 billion by 2027, according to a state analysis, as federal funding for low-income health coverage is cut under the current bill.
The cost of insurance could go down for people ages 26 to 29 under the GOP plan. But will they buy it without a mandate?
The prospect of cutbacks has led to agitation and activism in California’s largely agricultural Central Valley, with relatively high poverty rates and a significant number of Trump voters.
Four news organizations read through letters sent by 51 senators and 134 members of the House dealing with the health care debate.
Many constituents could lose coverage under the AHCA. Half of California’s Republican-led districts voted against Donald Trump.
The penalty would affect people buying insurance who had a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days over a year. A surcharge of 30 percent would be attached to their premiums for a year.
Lesser-known provisions in the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would push some Medicaid enrollees out of coverage and cause financial pain for others.
On Southern California Public Radio, California Healthline Senior Correspondent Chad Terhune discusses the prospects for coverage-for-all proposals by gubernatorial hopeful Gavin Newsom and others given GOP plans in Washington D.C.
Federal officials said 12.2 million people signed up for plans this year on the health law’s marketplaces, down slightly from 2016.
Nearly half of the people in this month’s Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll believe the Republican legislation will increase the number of uninsured Americans and increase coverage costs.