White House Launches Preemptive Strike on CBO Health Bill Review

Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, said after Republicans had spent seven years "harping" on replacing Obamacare, you'd think they would wait "a couple weeks for the CBO" to score their ideas before proceeding to a vote.

"For example, CBO and [the Joint Committee on Taxation] projected at the time that the gross cost of the provisions would be $214 billion in 2019; they now project a cost of $148 billion in 2019, a reduction of about one-third", the statement said. Most of all, President Trump's white working-class supporters often make enough money to be ineligible for Medicaid, but not enough to afford costly health insurance that might even become more expensive under the Republican plan.

"If you're looking to the CBO for accuracy, you're looking in the wrong place", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during a press conference.

The Congressional Budget Office works independently of leadership in Congress to analyze the costs and effects of legislation.

"On something of this magnitude, it strikes me that there is not as much information being circulated on this proposal as there has been in the past", Fontenot said.

A report from the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution and the University of Southern California's Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics released Thursday drew upon prior CBO estimates and analysis to assess how CBO will likely expect this legislation to impact insurance coverage.

But it is the third reason for not waiting on CBO that is looking most compelling right now: Republicans are terrified that CBO's numbers will paint a disastrous picture of the American Health Care Act's impact.

Today's Republicans didn't invent griping about the CBO ― Democrats certainly did their fair share when writing the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010.

The CBO is also likely to weigh in on whether the bill would prolong or shorten the life of the Medicare trust fund, how its changes in the Medicaid program would affect the burden on states, and a host of other effects of changing the existing law. That number in fact was 10 million so the Congressional Budget Office score while useful. The Office of Management and Budget, part of the Trump White House, is expected toissue its own estimates of the plan, according to several Republican senators.

For example, the Congressional Budget Office originally predicted the law would cover more people. It's not because millions of people will not be able to afford it.

CBO previously estimated that individual market premiums would rise by 20 percent under the GOP approach and that six million people would lose individual market coverage by 2026 as a result. He specifically noted that the office was correct in its analyses of employer-sponsored coverage and claim there would be an overall surge in coverage.

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