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CBO Estimates 14 Million More Would Be Uninsured Next Year Under GOP Repeal Plan

The Congressional Budget Office releases its anticipated analysis of the American Health Care Act, Republican's replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act.

CNN: CBO Report: 14 Million Fewer Insured By 2018 Under GOP Health Care Law
Fourteen million more Americans would be uninsured under the House Republican health care bill than under Obamacare in 2018, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday. The long-anticipated score immediately puts the writers and supporters of the GOP Obamacare bill on the defensive. It is also certain to complicate the party's already troubled efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (Lee, 3/13)

The Hill: CBO: Millions Would Lose Coverage Under GOP Healthcare Plan
The long-awaited analysis from the nonpartisan congressional scorekeeper is sure to shake up the debate over the measure, which is already facing sharp criticism from conservatives and many centrist Republicans. The GOP bill repeals ObamaCare’s subsidies to buy coverage, replacing them with smaller tax credits, as well as the law’s Medicaid expansion after 2019. Both moves were expected to lead to coverage losses. (Sullivan, 3/13)

Bloomberg: GOP's Health Plan Would Cut Coverage for 24 Million, CBO Says
House Speaker Paul Ryan has prepared his party in anticipation of receiving an estimate that more people would be uninsured than under the Affordable Care Act ... Republicans hand-picked the current CBO director, Keith Hall. And Price praised Hall in April 2015, after he and other congressional Republicans had just installed him in the post. (Edney and Tracer, 3/13)

The Atlantic: CBO: 24 Million Fewer People Would Have Health Insurance By 2026
The Republicans’ effort to pass their proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act just got a whole lot harder. The Congressional Budget Office on Monday projected that the House leadership’s American Health Care Act would result in 24 million Americans losing their health insurance while raising premiums for those covered on the individual market. Their bill would lower federal deficits by $337 billion over 10 years, largely as a result of cuts to Medicaid that would reduce its enrollment by 14 million, according to the estimate. (Berman, 3/13)

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