Key Takeaways As CBO Scores Revised ACA Repeal Bill

Francis Osborne
May 25, 2017

The CBO's estimate also indicates that the Republican health care plan would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion oven ten years.

Wednesday's projections will serve as starting points for Senate Republicans writing their own health care bill.

"As a result, the nongroup markets in those states would become unstable for people with higher-than-average expected health care costs", the CBO report stated.

In 2026, an estimated 51 million people under the age of 65 years would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would be uninsured that year under the existing law.

By 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the AHCA than under the ACA, the CBO estimated, with that number rising to 19 million in 2020 and then 23 million in 2026.

Groups representing hospitals, insurers and doctors who have been against the House bill said the CBO report showed the Senate should start fresh with an eye to maintaining coverage and benefits.

The House rushed this bill to a vote before the CBO could score it.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York, joined by Sen.

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A new analysis by Congress' nonpartisan budget scorekeepers undermines claims by House Republicans that their health legislation protects people with pre-existing conditions.

Here are five ways the CBO says the health care bill would impact Americans. Both concluded that the legislation would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million over a decade, a mammoth number that contributed to GOP defections that thwarted House passage until they narrowly approved revised legislation this month.

- The CBO says the ban would no longer apply to health benefits not defined as essential in a state, if the state applies for and receives a waiver.

Ryan in a statement praised the findings, focusing on how the AHCA "achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit", rather than on the legislation's human cost.

While healthier individuals would be able to buy low-priced insurance as a result of those waivers, those with pre-existing conditions "would ultimately be unable" to buy insurance with benefits and premiums comparable to what they now have, "if they could purchase it at all". Letting states get federal waivers so insurers could charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing medical conditions would mean those consumers would "ultimately be unable to purchase" comprehensive coverage at prices comparable to today's costs, "if they could purchase at all". However, a certain portion of those people would likely purchase plans using tax credits, the CBO expects.

The AHCA rolls back the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare in states that chose to raise the eligibility form the poverty line to 133% of the poverty line.

The reports also projected the bill would increase premiums by an average of 15- to 20 percent over a two-year period, but push them 10 percent lower than they would otherwise be by 2026.

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