GOP health bill: 23M more uninsured; sick risk higher costs

For GOP senators holding private meetings to sketch out their own legislation, its figures could serve as a starting point as they consider changing the House's Medicaid cuts, tax credits and other policies.

The Wyoming Republican declined to reveal any specifics, saying that he wants to encourage collaboration.

"It's so frustrating, but I'm glad to sit here and talk about one thing that we're doing, which is defend the taxpayer", said Mulvaney. Just like the agency's first report, released before the House hastily revised and passed the bill on May 4, the second assessment is fair and brutal.

The House bill slashes Medicaid funding by more than $800 billion, which the CBO score indicates, could have dire consequences in New Jersey where more than a half-million people acquired health care through Obamacare's expanded Medicaid coverage. Find us on Facebook too! "It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

The future of the bill hinged upon this report, as House Republicans passed their most recent version of the bill without waiting for the CBO to report its estimated price tag. The bill would result in an additional 23 million losing coverage by 2026, compared with under current law; under the prior iteration of the AHCA, an additional 24 million would have lost coverage.

These numbers fill in the big picture, which looks something like this: Health care, which depends on highly skilled labor and sophisticated technology, is expensive.

The budget office concluded that on average, premiums for people buying their own insurance would eventually be lower than under Obama's 2010 law under the House bill.

The latest bill would cut taxes by about $1 trillion over a decade, mostly for higher income people and health insurers, the CBO said. The report says that is partly because insurance on average would cover less of people's health care costs.

Dr. Anne Davis, consulting medical director of Physicians for Reproductive Health, said the report shows that the GOP bill "still takes insurance for millions of families off of the table". It also said the legislation would make coverage more costly, even unaffordable, for many people with costly medical problems.

All seven Indiana Republican Party House members cast votes in favor of the legislation.

In a statement to North Country Public Radio, Stefanik's spokesman said the congresswoman is "encouraged" by some of the CBO findings - specifically, that the bill would lower taxes and reduce federal deficits.

Before the ACA, only 18 states mandated coverage of maternity care and only 23 states mandated some mental health benefit coverage. The GOP health care bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), has come under fire for potentially ending millions of Americans' access to health insurance.

"What is clear is that these waivers make life much, much worse for people with preexisting conditions, for older people, for sicker people", said Aviva Aron-Dine, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former Obama administration health staffer.

The CBO's analysis of the American Health Care Act breaks out how many states are likely to seek permission to stop requiring health insurance companies to offer coverage of all of the "essential health benefits" - the list of medical services that must be offered now under the Affordable Care Act.

But the CBO also acknowledges that its analysis includes some uncertainty, in part because the AHCA would allow states to get waivers that would exempt their insurers from many Obamacare coverage rules. 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.