Patient, Doctor Groups Say New CBO Score Reveals Health Bill's Flaws

The non-partisan CBO projects 23 million more Americans would lose health care coverage under the plan.

The CBO score also says this version of the bill will cut $119 billion from the deficit in the next decade.

Republicans have sought to unravel Obamacare since its passage and Trump promised on the campaign trail to repeal it, saying it is too costly and an overreach by government in the healthcare market.

"The bill now goes to the Senate where they can get to work to ensure we fulfill our promise to the American people of repealing and replacing Obamacare", Cramer said in the statement. But while premiums will be lower, the plans will offer less coverage, because they won't be required to cover things like emergency services or prescription drugs, depending on what rules each state decides on. Legislative hurdles include how aggressively to control Medicaid spending; when to begin rolling back the PPACA's Medicaid expansion; which PPACA provisions to eliminate; and how to control insurance premiums or address coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

In closed-door meetings aimed at crafting a measure, GOP senators have discussed changing the House's proposed Medicaid cuts and aiming health care tax credits more toward low earners, but they've reported little progress. The CBO indicated that approximately 1/6 of the nation's population, or approximately 51 million people, could see significantly reduced insurance benefits as a result.

The CBO released its report Wednesday, almost three weeks after 217 Republicans voted in favor of Trumpcare and pushed it through the House - all without knowing how the legislation would affect their constituents.

It estimated that 23 million more people would be without health insurance in 2026 compared with the current baseline.

About one in six people who are sick or have suffered from chronic health conditions will pay more for health insurance that covers less under the House-passed legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act - if they're able to get insurance at all, the Congressional Budget Office concluded in a new report on the bill.

However, Trumpcare would do more than just kick people off of their health plans. But for people with medical conditions, or older insurance buyers, premiums will be "extremely high", according to the CBO.

Republican senators have been meeting for weeks to hash out their differences on health care, of which there are many. "I have a different opinion", he reportedly said.

According to the estimate, premiums would be slightly lower than under the Affordable Care Act, but mostly because "the insurance, on average, would pay for a smaller proportion of health care costs". Other now-mandatory coverage could also become optional, such as newborn care, preventative health services such as checkups and vaccines, and dental and vision care for children.

The report found that under the House measure, people in some regions with pre-existing medical conditions or the seriously ill "would ultimately be unable to purchase" robust coverage at premiums comparable to today's prices, "if they could purchase at all". Nongroup enrollees are people who purchase health care individually versus through a group or employer.

  • Larry Hoffman