U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts touted assurances from the co-author of a Senate health-reform bill that Kansas would benefit from a $1.8 billion increase in federal aid during the next decade if the latest version of a measure repealing the Affordable Care Act became law.
Roberts, a Kansas Republican, issued a statement Monday denouncing Obamacare and repeating testimony by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., that dispelled “coverage myths” about the legislation. Roberts said the ACA should have been dumped long ago.
“There is nothing but concern and frustration from my constituents over Obamacare’s failures, and questions, if not demands, as to why we here in the Senate have not acted,” Roberts said.
During a raucous Senate Finance Committee hearing, Cassidy said federal health appropriations to Kansas would rise from $2.9 billion under current law to $4.7 billion under the proposed bill by 2026. The bill will let children stay on their parents’ plan until age 26 and individuals with pre-existing conditions would have access to adequate and affordable coverage, Roberts said.
The Congressional Budget Office offered a preliminary projection that “millions” fewer Americans would have insurance coverage by 2026 under the bill carried by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Cassidy.