The Congressional Budget Office Has Scored Trumpcare 2.0, And It Wasn't Kind

Candice Alexander
May 28, 2017

A million people in IL? It predicted the same for the original version of the House bill.

In some regions, people with pre-existing medical conditions and others who were seriously ill "would ultimately be unable to purchase" robust coverage at premiums comparable to today's prices, "if they could purchase at all", the report said.

Finally, while the new bill would mean lower insurance premiums for the youngest and healthiest Americans, it would mean the opposite for the country's oldest and poorest.

Much of the debate surrounding Obamacare has focused on how much people pay each month for coverage.

The most conservative House Republicans helped sink an earlier version of the American Health Care Act.

Slavitt notes those reductions would come at the expense of rising costs for many sicker and low-income people as well as Coloradans between 50 and 60 who would no longer be able to afford insurance.

"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.

What about the 10 Essential Health Benefits? . That includes mental health treatment, maternity coverage, prescription drugs and doctor's visits. 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. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said that 23 million more uninsured people is "unacceptable". The bill would not just rollback an Obama-era expansion of Medicaid, which states like OH accepted, but reduce the program further. But that will likely be a gradual tapering off, according to Mark Alderman, a Democratic campaign strategist. A new Quinnipiac University poll found that backers of the House Republican health plan could feel pain at the polls.

Committee and leadership staffers will begin writing legislation when senators are in their home states during the Memorial Day recess, said Sen. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) "strongly opposes" the bill, narrowly passed in the House several weeks ago.

"This is about politics for my Republican colleagues, but it has life-or-death consequences for far too many Americans", said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville. The score does not take into account the additional $610 billion President Trump proposes to cut from Medicaid in the fiscal year 2018 budget The White House released on Tuesday. About 700,000 Ohioans benefited from the Medicaid expansion, all of whom would lose coverage under the new bill. So, in theory, a health insurer could offer plans that cover less than 60 percent of total costs, which would bring down premiums but also increase deductibles and other cost-sharing payments. Andy Barr, James Comer, Brett Guthrie - did not respond to a request for comment.

"This Republican plan would rip coverage away from 23 million people, eliminate nationwide protections that prevent insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, drive up costs for seniors, put rural hospitals and nursing facilities at-risk of closure, limit access to providers, and jeopardize tens of thousands of health care jobs in Minnesota".

Height analyst Stefanie Miller believes the CBO's scoring will not hinder Republican efforts to move the bill through to the President's desk.

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