Nearly 30 Million People Would Lose Health Insurance Under ACA Repeal

Nearly 30 million people would lose their health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, data from the Urban Institute show. We have published fact sheets showing the number of people who would lose coverage and the loss of related federal funding in each state.

Republican policymakers plan to move quickly in January to repeal much of the health reform law without enacting a replacement. This would cause families across the country to go without needed health care and expose them to financial risk.

Most of the coverage loss would occur among families with at least one worker and among people without college degrees, doubling the number of uninsured and leaving a higher share of people uninsured than before the ACA

States would lose significant federal funds. Even states that didn’t expand Medicaid would see declines in federal spending as eligible people fall off the program. The growth in the number of uninsured residents would increase demand for uncompensated care by $1.1 trillion between 2019 and 2028.

Repealing the ACA without putting in place an adequate replacement plan that ensures affordable coverage would more than double the total number of uninsured to 58.7 million people, greater than the number who were uninsured prior to enactment of the ACA. 

Read the Fact Sheets

Read Judy Solomon’s Analysis of the Urban Data

The above information was provided by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in an email, December 7th.