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CBO Numbers A Boon To Replacement Plan’s Critics

Democrats say the nonpartisan CBO's score is evidence that the GOP legislation will provide hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the rich while yanking health coverage from the poor.

The Hill: CBO Ignites Firestorm With ObamaCare Repeal Score
“The CBO’s estimate makes clear that TrumpCare will cause serious harm to millions of American families,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said in a statement. “Tens of millions will lose their coverage, and millions more, particularly seniors, will have to pay more for health care. The CBO score shows just how empty the president’s promises, that everyone will be covered and costs will go down, have been.” (Sullivan and Hellmann, 3/13)

Modern Healthcare: 24 Million Would Lose Coverage Under GOP's Obamacare Repeal Plan
“This is totally devastating,” said David Cutler, a pro-ACA health policy expert at Harvard University. “There's no way anyone can vote for this plan knowing that it will likely cause 24 million people to lose insurance coverage." “Adding more than 20 million-plus individuals to uninsured status is not an ideal way to reduce future budget deficits,” said Tom Miller, a conservative health policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute and an ACA critic. (Meyers and Dickson, 3/13)

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren Slams Republican Health Plan After CBO Report 
Senator Elizabeth Warren said that Massachusetts residents “have every right to be worried” over the House GOP health care bill, railing against the plan Monday evening on Twitter. Warren sent out a series of tweets shortly after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report projecting that 14 million Americans would lose coverage next year under the GOP plan — a number that would grow to 24 million by 2026. (Reiss, 3/13)

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