CBO report rips GOP health bill

Judith Bessette
Junho 7, 2017

The AHCA is now in the hands of the Senate, which has already said it will write its own version of the bill separate from the House plan.

The report incorporates the changes to the bill made just before it narrowly passed the House on May 4.

Many people in states that under the bill could permit slimmer benefits and higher premiums for customers with pre-existing conditions "would face substantial increases in their out-of-pocket costs", the report said.

The CBO says the House reform bill would actually save the government money by reducing the federal deficit by $119 billion over the next 10 years while also cutting taxes by nearly a trillion dollars and reducing spending by more than a trillion. "There are people out there who get no subsidies who are in the individual market who are in the small employer market and they've been killed by these small premium hikes", Haismailer said. That dollar figure was a considerable change from the original version of the bill that CBO said would have saved $337 billion, but lawmakers chose to spend back some of those savings on help for those likely to be cut off from insurance.

Public opposition to the American Health Care Act is growing, with the latest Quinnipiac University poll showing 57 percent of voters disapprove of the GOP-crafted bill, which passed in the House by the slimmest of margins.

"I don't put the same reliance on everything they say", MacArthur said. That is the bill approved and now evaluated by CBO.

The Republican bill to replace Obamacare could lead to women in some states having to pay more than a whopping $1,000 per month extra for their health insurance plans if they want coverage for maternity care.

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Most of those individuals would be people who either could not afford or could not access insurance.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health-policy think tank, however, has found that the high-risk pools Ryan cited that existed before the passing of the Affordable Care Act were woefully underfunded, had few people enrolled, and left out many sick Americans.

The House Speaker asserted that implementing the AHCA would result in a "more helpful, more vibrant marketplace".

Schumer said the legislation would end up "causing costs to skyrocket, making coverage unaffordable for those with pre-existing conditions and many seniors, and kicking millions off of their health insurance".

House Republicans boast that their health care bill would reduce average premiums, but that's because the insurance policies will generally cover less. It would raise premiums for sick people, allow insurers to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions, gut Medicaid, and slash Social Security funding. Both said that the legislation would increase the number of uninsured by 14 million next year and by 24 million within a decade, compared with the current law. Prior to 2013, insurers were allowed to turn away people with health problems, and there was no federal requirement for a standard benefits package. The estimates were more accurate than the Obama administration's predictions, as well as the Urban Institute and the RAND corporation. After the release of the CBO report, several Republican senators said they could not support the House bill. Nongroup customers are people who get insurance from a private plan outside of a job.

But the reaction was not completely partisan. Sen.

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