Since failing to garner votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in March, proponents of the American Health Care Act have proposed revisions to help it succeed. The problem is they’ve made it even worse.

“The American Health Care Act is bad policy,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA, in a statement on Friday. “The measure would force millions to lose insurance, cut key public health investments and gut health protections for Americans. Now, in a bid to win votes, they’ve taken a bad bill and made it worse.”

The AHCA would result in 24 million people losing their health insurance coverage by 2026; cut critical premium subsidies for low- and middle-income families and phase out the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, resulting in higher costs to consumers and plans that would provide less coverage; cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid over the next decade; and eliminate critical public health funding by repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Additionally, the new proposed changes to the bill would allow states to opt out of requiring that health plans cover the Essential Health Benefits, allow insurers to charge people higher premiums based on pre-existing conditions and increase out-of-pocket costs for older adults.

“This is an even worse deal for the American people,” said Benjamin. “We urge the House to reject this harmful proposal and instead work in a bipartisan manner to build upon the ACA in a responsible way to make it even more affordable.”

White House and congressional leaders hope to bring the measure up for a vote as soon as this week.

Take action and tell your representative to oppose the American Health Care Act.