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The CBO Estimates GOP Health Plan Would Leave 24 Million

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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Monday released its cost estimate for the American Health Care Act, the Republican proposal to replace ObamaCare. The CBO’s report says that the GOP plan would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion by 2026, with the most savings coming from “reductions in outlays for Medicaid and from the elimination of the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies for non-group health insurance.” In that same time, however, the AHCA would result in 24 million more Americans going uninsured; by 2026, the CBO estimates that 52 million people would lack insurance under the GOP plan, compared to 28 million who would go uninsured under ObamaCare. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn had said the CBO should focus on health-care affordability rather than the number of insured. NBC News’ Benjy Sarlin said the report is “basically apocalyptic” for the GOP. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have vowed to push the bill through.

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