In recent days, GOP began saying its plan's goal was not necessarily to cover everyone, but to cut costs. CBO now confirms it does neither
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) March 13, 2017
Well, this is a Top Chef-worthy deconstruction of a giant shit sandwich https://t.co/3VPN20vsqq
— Zedd's Not Dead (@ZeddRebel) March 13, 2017
… The long-anticipated score immediately puts the writers and supporters of the GOP Obamacare repeal bill on the defensive. It is also certain to complicate the party’s already troubled efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The CBO, along with the Joint Committee on Taxation, found that 5 million fewer people would be covered under Medicaid by 2018, and 14 million fewer people would enroll in the program by 2026. Meanwhile, 6 million fewer Americans would be covered in the individual market by 2018, but by 2026, only 2 million fewer people are expected to be covered. That’s in part because fewer employers would offer insurance to their workers, driving more people to the individual market.
In total, an estimated 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026 under the GOP plan, compared to 28 million who would lack insurance under the current law.
The Trump administration immediately downplayed the report’s findings.
“We disagree strenuously with the report that was put out,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Monday outside the White House…
Tom Price attacks the non-partisan CBO as partisan.
The head of the CBO is a Republican.
He was appointed by Tom Price. https://t.co/cNjniVtEJT
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) March 13, 2017
According to the CBO, Trumpcare isn't just worse than Obamacare at covering Americans. It's worse than repealing Obamacare, too. pic.twitter.com/bjwB2PXmg7
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) March 13, 2017
Senate Finance Cmte Chair Orrin Hatch on CBO score:
"We know that some are going to lose their coverage. There's no way we can avoid that."
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 13, 2017
CBO says GOP health bill will reduce deficits by $337-B over 10 years, reflecting $935-B in lower spending and $599-B in tax cuts
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) March 13, 2017
The $935b is about taking things from the elderly, sick, poor and middle class.
The $599b is largely about giving things to the rich. https://t.co/TFz9SpIcF4
— David Leonhardt (@DLeonhardt) March 13, 2017
Kicking 24 million people off health care is one way to save money. Not giving huge tax cuts to the wealthy is another. https://t.co/hd6ttCHrBP
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) March 13, 2017
The law, in its majestic equality, permits rich and poor alike to spend $18,000+ a year on health insurance.
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) March 13, 2017