CBO Score For Revised House Health Bill Still Finds Big Coverage Loss But The Costs Grow
The changes made by Republicans leaders did not alter the original forecast of 24 million Americans losing their insurance. But CBO said although the new plan would still reduce the deficit, it would cost $186 billion more over 10 years than the earlier legislation.
CBO Releases New Score For ObamaCare Repeal Bill
GOP leaders had pledged that they would wait for the CBO's new score before holding a floor vote on the legislation. That vote could happen as early as Friday. The CBO's score, however, does not reflect last-minute changes that could be made to win over conservatives, including repeal of ObamaCare's minimum coverage requirements. That change would be significant, but it is possible House Republicans could bring up the vote without that revised score. (Sullivan, 3/23)
The Washington Post:
CBO: Latest House GOP Health-Care Bill Would Mean As Many Uninsured By 2026
According to the CBO’s projections, a set of amendments that House GOP leaders agreed to support Monday night would cut the federal deficit by $150 billion between 2017 and 2026. The original version of the American Health Care Act, as the bill is called, would have curbed the deficit by an estimated $337 billion in that period. The changes would have less impact on savings because they would make it easier for Americans to deduct the cost of medical care from their income taxes and would accelerate by a year the repeal of several taxes that help pay for the ACA, including taxes on insurers, hospitals, high-income adults and tanning beds. (Goldstein, 3/23)