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GOP health plan would add 24M uninsured, cut deficit by $337B, CBO projects

The much-anticipated report on the American Health Care Act from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office was released Mondayrevealing some of the coming costs of the GOP’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

>> Read the report here

The CBO projects that repealing Obamacare and implementing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan, dubbed “Trumpcare” or “Ryancare” by some, will save the government $337 billion through 2026 in on- and off-budget deficit reduction.

Projections also show that tens of millions of Americans would opt out of health insurance or become unable to pay for it; the CBO says “most” Americans who would lose health insurance in 2018 would do so voluntarily, having been stripped of the cost of the individual mandate. The CBO calculates that in 2018 alone, 14 million Americans would become uninsured. Later, as government subsidies end and state Medicaid monies dry up, the number of uninsured would spike to 24 million by 2026.

>> American Health Care Act: 5 things to know about the proposed Obamacare overhaul

That 24 million is in addition to the 28 million already projected to be without insurance that year, meaning that 52 million Americans would have access to but go without health insurance under the GOP’s current plan.

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In 2018 and 2019, as the healthiest people stop paying for health insurance, the CBO also projects premium increases for individuals in the nongroup market of “15 to 20 percent.” CBO officials also calculate a loss of $600 billion in tax revenue as taxes that funded the Affordable Care Act are repealed, which is another way of describing a tax cut. That $600 billion tax cut will largely affect the insurance industry and wealthy Americans who saw their payroll and investment income taxes go up.

It’s an unwelcome headline for Ryan and President Donald Trump, who promised a workable health care plan for passage this month. Earlier Monday, Trump called 2017 the “worst year ever” for the Affordable Care Act and promised Republicans would “save the day.”

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