We do have an outline for , though, and it doesn’t bode well for low-income Americans.
The GOP proposal would reduce state funding for providing free Medicaid insurance coverage to the poor and would give a flat tax credit to Americans who don’t receive insurance through their work adjusted by age — but not by income. This means that, if Americans who don’t receive health insurance coverage through their jobs can’t afford the premiums with their tax credit, they will likely have to remain uninsured.
By contrast, the Affordable Care Act (colloquially known as Obamacare) expanded Medicaid coverage to lower-income Americans in participating states and provided income-based tax credits. Obamacare was specifically designed to help Americans with less money receive health insurance, while the Republican alternative does precisely the opposite.
While Trump and the Republicans haven’t detailed what will happen to rest of Obamacare after they’ve passed their replacement plan, one hint can be gleaned from Trump’s appointment of Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, as secretary of health and human services. As Salon’s Simon Maloy has , Price has long emphasized the importance of “access” to health insurance rather than the ability to afford it.
It seems that notion is driving Republican policies toward Obamacare that we’ve seen so far.