“Predicting the effects of large policy changes is always hard, but CBO’s predictions for the (Affordable Care Act) in 2010 were much more accurate than the predictions of many Republican opponents of the law”, said former agency chief Doug Elmendorf, who was appointed by Democrats.
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, changes to its birth control coverage provision, and new state and federal abortion restrictions, along with potential funding cuts and restrictions for family planning providers, including Planned Parenthood, would significantly impact the availability and cost of women’s health care, particularly reproductive care.
The White House and GOP leadership have been on a health care selling spree across the country – and Capitol Hill – trying to change minds. She breaks down what we’ve learned from the report.
Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said the CBO report confirmed the GOP philosophy that a free market would reduce premiums.
The CBO projected that 52 million people would be uninsuredby 2026 if the bill became law, compared with 28 million who would not have coverage that year if the law remained unchanged. This is way worse than what most analysts were expecting. Those 10 categories we were talking about – they are written into law.
“The Republicans are going to get this done”. And yet, after a couple years of rising premiums and fast-declining enrollment, it projects the market will settle down. Many doctors organized the protest; one of us (A.G.) created the Facebook page for them. “We’re 47th in per capita spending”, says Julian Walker, vice president for communications at the VHHA. No matter what I tried, he would check out the contents of the bowl, turn around-his head slightly askew-and give me a look I roughly translated to mean, “Come on, bruh”.
The budget: “President Trump on Thursday will unveil a budget plan that calls for a sharp increase in military spending and stark cuts across much of the rest of the government including the elimination of dozens of long-standing federal programs that assist the poor, fund scientific research and aid America’s allies overseas”.
Children, elders, low-income adults, and people with disabilities who depend on Medicaid also stand to lose.
The CBO sometimes gets stuff wrong, as when it overestimated how many people would sign up for Obamacare, but there is no more credible source for this sort of predictive analysis in Washington.
Kliff: So I found a lot of Obamacare enrollees who voted for Trump who thought it was just campaign bluster.
The Freedom Caucus has taken issue with the AHCA’s tax credits and what they consider a failure to fully repeal Obamacare, as the GOP has promised. Andrew Goldstein, MD, is a primary care physician at Bellevue Hospital and a public health researcher at Columbia University. “He’ll pass something better something more affordable”.
NY officials say the Republican plan will leave 1 million state residents without health insurance and transfer $4.5 billion in costs from the federal government to state taxpayers.
That report concluded the GOP plan would save $337 billion by 2026, but would also increase the number of insured Americans by 24 million over the same period. Let’s set aside the Senate for a second. “I think he is on board with my presidency, I think he wants to make it very successful”. Never say never, right?
Surely, the industry recalls the instability of Insurance markets before the Affordable Care Act.
But underscoring the push-pull problem GOP leaders face in winning votes, moderates feel the tax credits are too stingy, especially for low earners and older people.
House Budget Committee spokesman William Allison told TheBlaze that there is “a pretty big distinction” between losing coverage and “choosing not to go out there and buy coverage in the first place”.