Vice President Pence and Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price were dispatched to Capitol Hill to convince skeptical senators to remain open-minded about the bill, even as many expressed worries about whether it will hurt poor people and seniors after the Congressional Budget Office projected it would lead to 24 million fewer people with health insurance and rising premiums for older Americans. "I don't know if he thinks it's an act of mercy to all the people who will lose coverage, to people who lose jobs, to the hospitals that they have to close down, especially in rural areas", said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
Obamacare enabled about 20 million previously uninsured Americans to obtain medical insurance.
"At the end of the day we should pause and try to improve the product in the light of the CBO analysis rather than just rejecting it", said Graham, who has previously said the GOP should "slow down" on the healthcare overhaul. Plus, we'll look at the Trump administration's failure to produce evidence for the president's claim that Trump Tower was tapped. This was fundamentally rejected bu the CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation's assessment, which argued "the nongroup market would probably be stable in most areas under either current law or the legislation". They also underestimated the number that would gain coverage through the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. Of the 24 million drop in the insured in 2026, 14 million reflects fewer people receiving Medicaid.
The new GOP or Republican public health care plan will leave 24 million people uninsured in nine years.
Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran for president in 2016 as a Democrat, said it was "cowardly" for Republicans to proceed with a healthcare bill without CBO estimates, telling CBS' Face the Nation show: "This is a disgrace".
The CBO findings found that "several major provisions affecting Medicaid would decrease direct spending by $880 billion over the 2017-2026 period". "Nevertheless, CBO and JCT anticipate that a significant number of relatively healthy people would still purchase insurance in the non-group market because of the availability of government subsidies".
Why are some Republicans against the GOP plan? In fact, the CBO concluded that the Republican bill would make insurance coverage significantly more expensive for older people and that, unsurprisingly, low-income people between 50 and 64 - that is, the ones who need the most help - would disproportionately "choose" not to buy insurance, bearing the brunt of predicted coverage losses. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-9th Dist.) said yesterday that "This report confirms the devastating impacts that the Republican repeal bill will have on the American people".
Cuomo says he's heard "rumors" that the GOP plan could cut as much as $3 billion for a state like NY. Conservative Republicans, in particular, have demanded changes to the measure in exchange for their support.
To shore up House conservative votes, the White House is working with lawmakers on a so-called "manager's amendment" to alleviate some of their concerns that the law doesn't go far enough to repeal ObamaCare.