CBO Score Says AHCA Will Leave 23 Million More Uninsured

In addition to Trump's "insurance for everybody" promise, his Health and Human Services Secretary said in March that nobody who now has insurance will lose it under Trump's replacement. Those who are living the states that waive key consumer protections in the current health care law would have a hard time purchasing insurance coverage.

Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). He said many of those projected to be uninsured would be choosing to not purchase health insurance policies.The report from the CBO sparked sharp criticism of the bill from advocacy groups."We must repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law with the American Health Care Act-the vehicle which will reform our broken healthcare system", a White House official said.The American Health Care Act would eliminate Obamacare's taxes, which would mean nearly $1 trillion in tax cuts, mainly for the wealthy, according to The Associated Press.Miller said that passage of the bill "would have a severe impact on women's health care and their families' economic stability".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., used a Trump administration report on premiums as the centerpiece for a news conference.

Enacting the AHCA would reduce direct spending by $1,111 billion and reduce revenues by $992 billion, for a net reduction of $119 billion in the Federal deficit over the 2017-2026 period.

The House narrowly approved its measure with only Republican votes on May 4 after several embarrassing setbacks. Starting in 2020, average premiums would depend in part on any waivers granted to states and on how those waivers were implemented.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday

There would be a slight adjustment for people in states that request waivers from two of Obamacare's biggest protections.

The nonpartisan CBO on Wednesday reported that the American Health Care Act passed by the U.S. House could result in an additional 23 million Americans not having health insurance by 2026. And states could elect to charge more for pre-existing conditions. It said consumers' out-of-pocket costs for those services "could increase by thousands of dollars in a given year for the (patients) who use those services".

The House bill would eliminate most Obamacare taxes that help subsidize private health coverage for individuals, roll back the government's Medicaid health plan for the poor and disabled and replace the law's income-based tax credits for buying medical coverage with credits based on age. Medicaid provides insurance to those in poverty or on disability. Citing markets where insurers have left or sought huge premium increases, Republicans have repeatedly said the statute must be dismantled because it is in a death spiral.

Enactment of the House health care plan would affect most Wisconsinites, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families; the report was released in advance of the CBO score. That could involve providing money to insurance companies so they can contain customers' costs, and perhaps retaining Obama's individual mandate, which imposes tax penalties on people who go uninsured.

  • Zachary Reyes