Congress has taken the first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and take healthcare away from almost 1 million Ohioans. That’s equivalent to the number of people living in Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Dayton combined.
According to HHS numbers, these are the Ohioans who the ACA helped:
- 2 million Ohioans who have benefited from no-cost preventive services
- 1 million Ohioans who no longer have to worry about lifetime caps
- 664,000 Ohioans who gained coverage
- 243,000 Ohioans who received tax credits for their premiums
- 81,000 Ohioans under 26 who were able to remain on their parents’ plans
When people with health problems that are treatable, don’t get the care they need, they get sicker. They end up in the emergency rooms. They miss work. Many end up saddled with unmanageable debt. It’s a downward spiral that can doom people to sickness or death and their families to financial ruin. And we all shoulder the financial costs of their illness.