In March the CBO estimated that 24 million people would lose insurance by 2026 under the House’s first health care bill, which was never brought to a vote after House GOP leaders failed to drum up enough support for the measure. And the Congressional Budget Office says these drops would disproportionately affect older people, especially those between 50 and 64 years old, at the lower end of the income ladder.
Since Senate Republicans released their healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, on Thursday, the Trump administration and Senate Republicans have argued that the bill would not make cuts to the government-run healthcare program.
The budget office report said it believes the Senate bill “would increase the number of uninsured people substantially”.
The doctors’ group also noted the Senate bill’s Medicaid payment formulas threatened to “limit states’ ability to address the health care needs of their most vulnerable citizens” and wouldn’t keep up with new medical innovations and epidemics such as the opioid addiction crisis. By changing the way that federal government calculates the cost of Medicaid starting in 2025, the Senate bill ensures that the bulk of the coverage losses in their bill will happen outside the CBO’s 10-year window of analysis. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.) went on CBS to argue that the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was preserved; White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that the Senate bill was not a cut to Medicaid. In a tweet, he said the “likely biggest effect of a 6-month waiting period would be to prevent some sick people from getting care immediately after signing up”. This forecast comes as Senate Republican leaders press for a vote on the bill later this week, and it has already led one Republican senator to firmly oppose the bill. The CBO estimates that modification in the bill would slightly increase the number of people buying insurance in the individual market compared to what the bill would do without it.
Senate Republicans issued modest revisions to their health care bill Monday, including on the penalty for consumers whose coverage lapses, as some in the party voiced some concern about the pace of the overhaul.
Vice President Mike Pence invited four GOP senators to dinner Tuesday to discuss the bill, his office said: Lee and Sens.
Its evaluation could complicate plans for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who wants to hold a vote on the legislation this week. Currently, five GOP senators – Sens.
If the bill passes, it will be sent back to the House for a second vote.
Earlier Monday, Republican leaders added a penalty to their bill for people who’ve had at least a 63-day gap in coverage during the past year. Heller faces a competitive re-election race next year.
It would let states ease Obama’s requirements that insurers cover certain specified services like substance abuse treatments, and eliminate $700 billion worth of taxes over a decade, CBO said, largely on wealthier people and medical companies that Obama’s law used to expand coverage.
It would also phase out extra federal money that law is providing to 31 states to expand Medicaid to additional low-income earners. President Donald Trump continued his attacks on congressional Democrats on Twitter Monday, saying: “The Democrats have become nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS, they have no policies or ideas”. By 2020, the federal scorekeeper anticipates that premiums would ultimately be about 30 percent lower than under the current law-primarily because the bill’s tax credits would go toward stingier plans with higher deductibles.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said it would be worse to “pass a bad bill than to pass no bill”.