Jul 12, 2017

How the Senate bill redistributes the ACA's costs and benefits

The Affordable Care Act raised taxes on wealthy people and diverted the money into health care benefits for lower-income people. A new analysis from the Urban Institute, a liberal-leaning think tank. shows just how dramatically the Senate health-care bill would reverse that redistribution. The figures below represent Urban's best guess at the overall changes the Senate bill would affect in household income — accounting not just for its overhaul of the ACA's taxes and subsidies, but also changes in benefits.

Data: Urban Institute; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios
Data: Urban Institute; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios

Key caveat: The discrepancies here might flatten out somewhat after Republicans release the next version of their bill, which likely won't give wealthy families as big a tax cut as the initial version. But the bill's Medicaid cuts would still leave a deep dent in many poor families' pocketbooks.

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