Here's how Republican health care reform would affect young people

Posted March 20, 2017

Walker brought nine members who were also opposed to the bill with him to the White House Friday morning and afterwards said all of them are now on board, including Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama, who voted against the bill Thursday in the House Budget Committee.

Republicans have been scrambling to salvage their bill after Congress' analysts said some 24 million would be shoved off insurance in the next decade under the GOP bill. Cohn and Mulvaney said CBO should instead should analyze whether patients can actually afford to go to a doctor.

Attacking the CBO now will only strengthen the argument that President Trump and his backers on Capitol Hill live in a world of alternative facts and relative truths. While they will be able to say that they repealed Obamacare, they won't be able to show numerous potential benefits from their replacement plan by the time voters are casting ballots for every House seat and a third of the Senate. "But when we get the CBO score we'll deal with that", Cohn said.

This idea by Trump may help to sway more Republicans to voting for it to at least get out of the House of Representatives. The CBO's current director, Kevin Hall, was appointed by Republicans in 2015. Of course, millions of lower-income people would be left with no insurance or significantly more expensive insurance than they have under the Affordable Care Act. It would use tax credits to help consumers buy health coverage, expand health savings accounts, phase out an expansion of Medicaid and cap that program for the future, end some requirements for health plans under Obama's law, and scrap a number of taxes.

How can President Trump and the GOP Congress escape the political damage from their failed pledge to produce a better healthcare plan than ObamaCare - one that covers more people, offers more choice and is cheaper?

But pressuring the White House on the opposite side were moderate Republican governors and senators, who said Trump needed to allow for continuing Medicaid coverage for the poor.

The CBO projected 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026 if the bill became law, compared with 28 million who would not have coverage that year if the law remained unchanged. But only 10.4 million were signed up for these plans by the middle of past year, according to Department of Health and Human Services data.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the report confirms that the repeal and replace legislation, dubbed the American Health Care Act, "will lower premiums and improve access to quality, affordable care".

The report estimates that 14 million more people overall will be uninsured by 2018 than would be under current legislation.

By now, the Congressional Budget Office's assessment of the proposed American Health Care Act's impact on health coverage in the USA is well-known.

However, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said "there's no flawless piece of legislation".

Still, Trump keeps stressing the legislation is far from finished, telling Fox News Wednesday that "We will take care of our people or I'm not signing it, OK, just so you understand".

Several Republicans have said they can't support the law as it stands and are demanding changes.

"Obamacare" is the nickname for the Affordable Care Act that Trump and congressional Republicans are trying to repeal and replace. Once it does, it is going to be a thing of beauty.