The Bottom Line: The Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania

Rick Frank and Commissioner MillerLast night President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder sat down with Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to discuss the Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania.  The Bottom Line Forum: The Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania will be shown Friday, March 3, at 7pm and Sunday at 4:45pm and 9pm on PCN TV. More than 1 million Pennsylvanians could lose their healthcare coverage in the uproar of a repeal. That would include the nearly 700,000 people who have received help under the expansion of Medicaid, and also 400,000 people who were able to buy health insurance individually with and without the help of subsidies.

Over the last several weeks the prospect of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act has mobilized citizens across the commonwealth, resulting in numerous town-hall meetings and actions at legislators’ offices.  President Bloomingdale discussed the fact that many of Pennsylvania’s congressmen have been absent from discussing the issues with their constituents.  Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder remarked on the problem of actually locating the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Commissioner Teresa Miller shared important information on the impact of the Affordable Care Act and what it has done to improve the insurance industry for consumers and increase transparency.  She remarked that, while there are areas of the insurance market that are experiencing troubles under the ACA, they are a very small portion of the market, around 2%.  In this case, an overall repeal of the Affordable Care Act would be like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  The gains consumers have seen, like the elimination of pre-existing conditions, lifetime caps on healthcare costs, and the addition of coverage for preventative services, far outweigh the drawbacks in such a small sector.