Healthcare: Latest Republican bill will cause 22m Americans to lose insurance, says CBO

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Healthcare: Latest Republican bill will cause 22m Americans to lose insurance, says CBO

Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:35 am

The Senate Republicans' healthcare plan would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than under Obamacare, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has predicted.

The bill, which is meant to repeal and replace Obamacare – officially known as the Affordable Care Act – is also expected to reduce the federal budget deficit by $321bn.

Last month, the House of Representives passed its own healthcare bill, which the CBO predicted would leave 23 million people uninsured by 2026.

The Senate plan significantly scales back Medicaid – a healthcare programme for the poor – repeals Obamacare’s taxes on the wealthy, and defunds Planned Parenthood for a year. Republicans have called Obamacare – officially known as the Affordable Care Act – “unsustainable”, citing skyrocketing premiums and the unstable health insurance marketplaces created by the law.

Several Republican senators have been waiting on the results of the CBO's analysis before making up their minds about the measure.

Since it was unveiled last week, the bill has been facing growing opposition from Republicans, with five already declaring that they cannot support the current version.

With a majority of 52 senators, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only afford to lose two ‘yea’ votes. In the event of a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote.

The bill is not expected receive support from Democrats.

"Throwing 22 million Americans off of health insurance, raising premiums for older Americans, defunding Planned Parenthood and giving $231 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent is a cynical and immoral proposal," said Independent Senator Bernie Sander, who caucuses with the Democrats. "The reality is that this so-called ‘health care’ bill is nothing more than a massive transfer of wealth from working families to the very rich. All of us, including Republicans whose constituents depend on Medicaid to survive, must work together to see that this bill is defeated. Our job today is to improve the Affordable Care Act, not destroy it."

Imagine having a sick child, living in America and knowing they are trying to do this. The fear for your child's safety must be unimaginable.
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