GOP health bill: 23M more uninsured; sick risk higher costs

GOP health bill: 23M more uninsured; sick risk higher costs

GOP health bill: 23M more uninsured; sick risk higher costs

This is, as you know, one of the most partisan debates on Capitol Hill about this health care bill.

I said at the time and I still feel that there was no need for the House to rush the bill through without waiting for the CBO's analysis of what it would cost and what it would do for whom and to whom.

The Republican senator who made headlines for insisting the GOP health care bill pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test" said the health care replacement plan does nothing to address President Donald Trump's past pledges for comprehensive care.

"This is unsustainable", she said in a statement. Starting in 2020, however, average premiums would depend in part on any waivers granted to states and on how those waivers were implemented and other factors. States could also get waivers that allow insurers to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions.

"Some Georgians in the 12th District have only one choice when it comes to insurance providers - and often not the choice they want", Allen said.

CNBC notes that elderly people could pay up to 10 times more for their insurance premiums than younger people, and more than nine times than premium prices under Obamacare, per the CBO report. Schumer argued that Senate Republicans are making a mistake similar to their House counterparts' hasty passage of a bill before its CBO score emerged. Eventually, premiums could rise to the point that some plans would have no enrollment.

Ryssdal: And also, the CBO uses, again from the report, language talking about destabilizing the market.

Industry groups - which have opposed the House Republican effort nearly from the start - weren't mollified by the new CBO assessment, either.

Ryssdal: Now this thing is going to go to the Senate, and it's worth a mention here that the Senate basically is going to take this and say, "Thanks very much", put it in a corner and write its own bill. By 2026, CBO estimates that 51 million Americans would be uninsured. The money-saving provisions will cut spending by more than $1 trillion, but most of that trillion is offset by tax cuts of nearly a trillion dollars, tax cuts that will disproportionately benefit wealthy Americans.

So now that the House has passed something, what does the CBO score say about it? Republicans said they disagreed with the CBO projection released Wednesday.

That's because under the AHCA, states could get waivers exempting them from some Obamacare provisions, including what are called "essential health benefits" - a list of basics like mental health and prescription drugs that the Affordable Care Act required plans to cover. Their average premiums would be lower by 2026 than they would be under Obamacare, but mainly because they would have fewer benefits.

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.”.

Further, the new proposal also would only cut the federal deficit by $119 billion in the next decade - the lowest amount of all three versions - the CBO report said. The initial bill would have lowered the deficits by $150 billion, but lawmakers added back in more money to a stability fund for states to deal with costly enrollees, CNN reported, meaning less federal savings but more opportunity for those seeking coverage.

The reaction from Senate Republicans?

The bill will now move on to the Senate, and should it pass that chamber, it will not look like this current AHCA version. The group is a non-profit, bipartisan policy organization that assesses budget and fiscal issues.

That figure is similar to the 24 million number from the previous CBO score for legislation pushed by Republicans that was never voted on.

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