The organization, which has 38 million members age 50 or older, also opposes the measure’s restructuring of Medicaid, which, its members argue, might force states to make cuts that hurt seniors, many of whom rely on Medicaid for nursing home care and other necessary health services.
The legislation would also roll back Obamacare’s expansion of the program, which made it available to millions of low-income adults, many of them seniors, who did not have health insurance before.
The measure would also create a tax credit to buy insurance that increases based on age. These tax credits, however, are twice as large for older Americans.
An analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that the measure would result in 24 million Americans losing their health insurance while raising premiums for those covered on the individual market.
a 64-year-old with income of $26,500 would pay $1,700 out of pocket for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, compared with $14,600 under the GOP plan.
On Sunday, Ryan questioned the accuracy of the CBO score, saying that Obamacare would not be able to last 10 years. But he did allow discussion on additional assistance for low-income individuals ahead of Thursday's vote.
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