CBO’s 23 Million Uninsured Under GOP’ Not What It Seems

Democrats use report from agency with flawed record to slam health plan

Democrats and much of the mainstream news media Wednesday poured cold water on the the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act, citing a report from the Congressional Budget Office that the legislation to begin dismantling Obamacare would result in 23 million uninsured in the next 10 years.

“The CBO was wrong when they analyzed Obamacare’s effect on cost and coverage, and they are wrong again,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price countered in a statement.

“In reality, Americans are paying more for fewer health-care choices because of Obamacare, and that’s why the Trump administration is committed to reforming health care.”

House Republicans passed the bill three weeks ago without waiting for the CBO to release a score for the legislation. It replaced an earlier version of the AHCA that the CBO had said would result in 24 million being without insurance.

But the figures of those left without insurance, at least as widely reported, is misleading. It includes nine million already without coverage under Obamacare. The remaining 14 million are made up of those who could potentially lose coverage under the new bill, plus those who take advantage of the AHCA eliminating the mandate to purchase coverage. For the latter group, being allowed to remain uninsured is a positive option. The requirement to be covered under Obamacare or pay a penalty has been an unpopular feature of the present health law.

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