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CBO: Under ‘Skinny Repeal’ Bill, 16 Million Could Be Uninsured

Senate Republicans’ “skinny repeal” bill to undo ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates could result in 16 million Americans losing their health insurance, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in a report issued Wednesday. The full contents of the “skinny bill” remain unclear, because it won’t be released until after a voting session that is expected to start Thursday. A senior Democratic aide told The Hill that the CBO said if the bill includes defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing the Community Health Center Fund and the Prevention and Public Health Fund, premiums could rise by 20 percent every year over those anticipated under the current law. Senate Democrats released the CBO’s estimate on Wednesday evening, after the Senate rejected in a vote of 45-55 a proposal to repeal ObamaCare without immediately replacing it.

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