Estimate: 344,000 Marylanders Would Lose Health Insurance if ACA Repealed

    With the Affordable Care Act under renewed attack in a federal appeals court in Texas, the Urban Institute is estimating that overturning the ACA would result in almost 20 million more Americans being uninsured and would lower federal health care spending by $135 billion this year.

    Now the Center for American Progress has projected what the roll of the uninsured would look like by congressional district if the ACA is repealed.

    Overall, 344,000 Marylanders would be at risk of losing their health care coverage, according to this estimate. The losses would be broken down this way:

    1st District: 42,000

    2nd District: 48,000

    3rd District: 37,000

    4th District: 60,000

    5th District: 26,000

    6th District: 37,000

    7th District: 56,000

    8th District: 38,000

    Nationwide, the nation’s 435 congressional districts would see more than 45,000 people lose their health insurance, on average. But there are wide variations.

    California’s 34th District, which covers downtown Los Angeles and several nearby Latino neighborhoods, would see 121,000 people thrown off the health insurance rolls. Hawaii’s 1st District, which covers Honolulu and surrounding communities, would see 4,000 people lose their insurance.

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    Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.