23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say

Kathleen Mckinney
May 25, 2017

A bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act that narrowly passed the House this month would increase the projected number of people without health insurance by 14 million next year and by 23 million in 2026, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

The CBO's report Wednesday takes into account amendments attached to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, shortly before the House bill's partisan passage which was almost denied by just two votes.

According to reports by the Congressional Budget Office, Trumpcare, also known as the American Health Care Act, would cause 23 million Americans to lose health insurance.

Over the 2017-2026 period, the CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation estimate the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce direct spending by $1.11 trillion and reduce revenues by $992 billion, for a net reduction of $119 billion over the decade. It comes three weeks after the House passed the legislation with only Republican votes, and as Senate Republicans try crafting their own version, which they say will be different.

The AHCA represents the Republicans first successful attempt to move forward on a long-held goal of repealing former President Barack Obama's healthcare reform bill, which was passed in 2010.

Tom MacArthur, the co-author of a key amendment added to the House GOP Obamacare bill, said he disagrees with the Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday showing some provisions of the bill could de-stabilize markets and impact those with pre-existing conditions seeking coverage. The CBO score will likely make passing a bill out of the Senate more hard.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York, joined by Sen.

Another amendment allocates an additional $8 billion over five years to help people with pre-existing conditions cover medical costs but the CBO said it would not significantly help sick people pay their premiums. It also finds that average premiums will generally fall, though whether states decide to take waivers allowed under the plan will affect how much the costs change.

By 2026, a total of 51 million people would be uninsured, roughly 28 million more than under Obamacare. This would make premiums cheaper by 20 percent from the current baseline for those states since "insurance policies would provide fewer benefits", the CBO reported. The agency estimated that about one-sixth of the USA population - more than 50 million people - live in states that would make substantial changes under the waivers. But the people in those states who use those services could see "substantial increases" in health-care costs.

The AHCA rolls back the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare in states that chose to raise the eligibility form the poverty line to 133% of the poverty line.

Democrats quickly highlighted what they see as the outcome of the Republican plan highlighted in the CBO score. Sen.

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