The GOP health care bill would leave millions without health coverage
The GOP’s health care plan would leave more than 16 million Americans without health insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office, as it attempts to fulfill a campaign promise.
The CBO estimated the bill would increase the number of uninsured by an average of 15 million.
The nonpartisan office also projected that more than 14 million people would lose their coverage by 2026, though the Congressional Research Service estimated that number would be less.
A senior congressional Republican aide told The Associated Press on Thursday that the nonpartisan office is still working to estimate how many of the 16 million would be covered by Medicaid, which provides health insurance to low-income people.
A Republican aide said the number could be as high as 18 million, though it was unclear how many people would be on Medicaid if the bill is signed into law.
The aide also said the CBO has yet to release its estimates on the bill’s Medicaid cuts.
The Congressional Budget Service says the Senate bill would slash funding for Medicaid by $880 billion over a decade, leaving 12 million people without insurance.
The bill also would eliminate the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which would be replaced with a new one, called the Childrens Health Insurance Trust Fund.
The House bill also cuts Medicaid by more than $800 billion over the next decade, but it does not cut any of the program’s spending on other programs.
The GOP bill would cut funding for the Children Care Block Grant program by $100 billion over five years.
It also would end the Medicaid expansion for the most vulnerable, a move that some critics said would drive up costs for children and would disproportionately hurt people of color.
The plan would also phase out Medicare for all seniors, including those over 65.
In the first 10 months of 2019, about 1.2 million people enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid, according the CBO.
The number would fall to about 1 million by 2022 and to about 600,000 by 2024.
The Senate bill also aims to cut federal spending by $1.3 trillion over 10 years.
Under the bill, lawmakers would be allowed to increase the debt ceiling by $600 billion and to increase defense spending by nearly $100.
But those increases would be offset by cuts to other federal programs, such as education and public safety, which have been tied to the economic downturn.
The White House has said that the bill will create more jobs and boost economic growth, and many Republicans are concerned that the plan will lead to higher taxes and higher health care costs.