WASHINGTON — The Senate health care bill would cause 22 million more people to be uninsured by 2026 than under current law,
The CBO previously ignited a firestorm when it predicted that the House’s version of health care reform would result in
The CBO predicts 15 million more people would be uninsured by 2018 alone — mostly due to the bill dropping Obamacare’s individual mandate. Later coverage losses would be due to Medicaid cuts, fewer employers offering coverage and other factors.
The Senate bill does, however, reduce the deficit by $321 billion over 10 years — significantly more than the House version, which saved $119 billion. The reduction comes from steep cuts to Medicaid and in subsidies. The Senate bill also would lower premiums on the exchanges by 20 percent over 10 years, compared to current law, but the health care plans available would cover less, most likely leading to higher out-of-pocket costs overall.
Two GOP moderates, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have said the CBO’s estimate of uninsured will be important in how they decide whether to support the bill. A pro-Obamacare group already ran attack ads targeting both senators and other moderates
“I want to wait to see the CBO analysis, but I have very serious concerns about the bill,” she said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.,
Some Senate Republicans will likely push back against how the CBO scored their legislation, attempting to discredit the nonpartisan analysis. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in
“Our plan will help address Obamacare’s ballooning costs for consumers by lowering premiums over time and cutting taxes, and today’s estimate confirms that,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement about the score. Cornyn is in charge of whipping votes for the bill.
Democrats, meanwhile, pounced on the score. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., called the report “obscene.” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said it would take a “wrecking ball” to working families in order to finance a tax cut for the rich. And Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the score proved the Senate bill is as “mean” as the House version.
On Monday, Senate leadership changed the bill to add a
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