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Analysts Say GOP Health Bill Leaves 51 Million Uninsured in 2026

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The Congressional Budget Office says an estimated 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured in 2026 under the latest version of the House Republican health care bill.
That compares with 28 million under age 65 who would lack insurance that year under the current health law signed by President Barack Obama.
And it's only a tiny improvement from the original version of the House bill, which would have resulted in an estimated 52 million people under 65 uninsured by 2026, according to the nonpartisan budget office.
The information is in the so-called "score" released Wednesday of the legislation the House passed earlier this month. It's been eagerly awaited but shows little change on insurance coverage compared with the earlier version of the health bill, which collapsed.
The nonpartisan office also says that compared with President Obama's 2010 overhaul, average premiums for people buying individual policies would be lower. The report says that is partly because insurance on average would cover less of people's health care costs.
It was the budget office's first analysis of the bill that passed the House May 4 with only GOP votes.
Democrats have criticized Republicans for pushing people off coverage. Many Republicans have said their top goal is lowering premiums.
Senate Republicans have been holding closed-door meetings to try writing their own health care overhaul.

In previous reports on earlier versions of the bill, the nonpartisan budget office concluded the legislation would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million over a decade.

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a House Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“The House Republicans’ revised Trumpcare bill is just as harmful for Americans’ health and access to care as the last one. 23 million people will lose their insurance and premiums will skyrocket – even more so for those with preexisting conditions who are not locked out of the market – all in an effort to give tax cuts to the top one percent. More than 600,000 Nevadans who rely on Medicaid will see $834 billion in cuts to the program, and 400,000 Nevadans who gained insurance through the ACA would lose access to affordable, life-saving care. Nevadans deserve better than this House Republican gimmick. 
“The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but repealing and replacing with this sham of a bill is not the answer. Senate Republicans should be working with Democrats on a solution that works for every American. We must come together and improve the existing law so that we are expanding access, not hurting millions who rely on and benefit from the law.”

Today Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District issued the following statement:

“The CBO score confirms what we’ve known all along: Trumpcare doesn’t add up for Nevada. Thousands of people in the state will lose health insurance and vital funding for Medicaid will be stripped away from families. Trumpcare is a giveaway to the wealthy and a death sentence for working Americans.”  

Today, Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen issued the statement below following the Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act:
“Today’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) updated score of the American Health Care Act reaffirms that President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s vision for healthcare reform is completely off the mark. This administration and congressional Republicans are hell-bent on repealing the Affordable Care Act no matter the cost, even if it means 23 million more people would be uninsured by 2026.  The CBO estimates that health insurance premiums for those nearing retirement could increase 800%, and that a 64-year-old making $26,500 would go from paying 6.4% of their income towards their insurance premiums to a whopping 60.8%. That’s indefensible and immoral! This new CBO score is further evidence of what we already knew to be true – the American Health Care Act is a bad deal for all Americans, but especially Nevadans who have benefitted immensely from the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, Republicans in the House decided to pass this bill without seeing its true cost. I hope they read this report and think long and hard about who they really serve: their leadership in Congress or their constituents back home.”

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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