New Congressional Budget Office finding similar to that of earlier GOP plan: millions will end up without insurance if Trumpcare is implemented.
House Republicans barely managed to pass Trumpcare, their plan to start the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare.
As NBC News reports: “In a highly unusual move, House leaders brought the American Health Care Act [AHCA] to a vote three weeks ago without waiting for the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan agency responsible for scrutinizing legislation, to evaluate its effects.”
The Congressional Budget Office [CBO] previously evaluated an earlier version of the AHCA that was scheduled for a vote in March before GOP leaders pulled the bill due to a lack of support.
As NBC News reported, that first report “landed like a bombshell in the middle of the health care debate” with the CBO estimating that “the plan would leave 24 million more people without insurance.”
Those hardest hit would be “older low-income Americans, especially in rural areas with more expensive health care costs, who would receive fewer subsidies to buy insurance on the individual market and who would be subject to higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs by insurers,” according to NBC.
NBC News reports Wednesday evening that the report by the CBO on the new plan passed by House Republicans would have a similar impact on Americans:
The Republican health care plan that passed the House earlier this month would leave 23 million more Americans without health insurance over the next decade than the current law and would reduce the deficit by $119 billion, according to an analysis released by the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday.
The analysis also found that by 2026, “an estimated 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law.”
Continuing, NBC News reports that: “The plan faces an uncertain future in the Senate, with members on both sides of the aisle warning major changes need to be made to the House version of the legislation before the Senate can vote.”
As one might expect, “White House officials slammed the CBO numbers as inaccurate, citing problems with the group’s report ahead of Obamacare’s passage,” according to NBC News.
“This CBO report again confirms that the American Health Care Act achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.
Leading Democrats took to Twitter to express their concerns regarding the report.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted a statement on the Updated CBO Score, tweeting: “Today’s CBO score once again confirms
#Trumpcare’s dire consequences for working families and seniors. https://goo.gl/nJbQu7 “
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 24, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer posted a tweet shortly before the report was released, warning that: “The GOP should drop their dangerous attempts to sabotage health care for millions & work w/ Democrats to improve our health care system.”
The GOP should drop their dangerous attempts to sabotage health care for millions & work w/ Democrats to improve our health care system.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 24, 2017
Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro responded to the report:
President Trump's healthcare bill would cause 23 million Americans to lose coverage. Completely irresponsible. https://t.co/tQozQRiVZB
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) May 24, 2017
As did Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz:
I don't see what's conservative about screwing the working poor. https://t.co/tUhUURjdhc
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) May 24, 2017