Senate leaders await analysis of GOP health bill

The health care bill Republicans have pushed through the House would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

No Democrats voted for the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and they slammed their Republican counterparts for voting on the legislation before the analysis was completed.

The report was the budget office's first analysis of the GOP health care overhaul that the House narrowly approved this month with only Republican votes. The more one looks at the bill, the more one sees it "succeeds" in only one regard - giving big tax cuts to the very rich. Democrats are going to have a field day with this.

"Trumpcare means higher costs and less care for the American people", he said."For the good of the country, Republicans in the senate should reject this path and work with Democrats to fix our health care system instead of pulling the plug on it". This would reverse major gains in coverage among the uninsured since Obamacare's exchanges opened and Medicaid expansion went into effect in 2014.

In the states that don't request waivers, average premiums would be about 4% lower than under Obamacare. The CBO score raises the stakes for Republican senators now working on their own version of the legislation.

CBO also projects that the House-passed measure would result in an increase in single policyholder premiums before 2020, by an average of about 20 percent in 2018 and 5 percent in 2019.

And in the places that opt to jettison the Obamacare protections, premiums would vary widely based on a consumer's health status and the benefits provided in the policy. On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was optimistic about his party's chances of retaining control of the House next year. "The AHCA does not", Cassidy said, a reference to a now viral video clip when ABC host Jimmy Kimmel made an emotional plea for coverage of patients with pre-existing conditions following a health care with his child. "It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare". "People living in states modifying the EHBs who used services or benefits no longer included in the EHBs would experience substantial increases in out-of-pocket spending on health care or would choose to forgo the services". However, these only apply to essential health benefits, so there would be no ceiling on services that aren't covered in states that waive the provision.

This is slightly lower than previous estimates, which suggested that 24 million would lose coverage over the next 10 years. "They're trying to predict things 10 years out in advance". Republicans need to keep the bill within the dictates of the budget reconciliation process to move the bill with a simple majority in the Senate. So the House will not have to vote on it again-at least until (if ever) the Senate passes something and the House has to vote on a final, final version.