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Health Care Policy Experts Criticize "The American Health Care Act" Proposal

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California health care policy experts who back the Affordable Care Act Tuesday criticized a proposal from House Republicans to repeal and replace the law.

The new plan dubbed "The American Health Care Act" eliminates tax penalties on uninsured individuals and replaces income based subsidies with age-based tax credits.

Ken Jacobs is with the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research & Education.

"Cost will go up dramatically for poorer and older Californians who are getting coverage in the individual market and those living in high cost areas while there will be some savings for some younger and especially more affluent Californians," says Jacobs.

Medicaid expansion would stay in place until 2020. After that states would receive a set amount of federal funds per enrollee. In California, one-third of residents are enrolled in Medi-Cal.

The uninsured rate in California has gone down from 17.2 percent in 2013 to a historic low of 7.4 percent in 2016.

Tuesday President Trump said the existing Obama-era health care law is "collapsing" and will implode if it isn't replaced.