Key Congressional Democrats pounced Monday on an analysis that said millions more would be uninsured under the Republican Obamacare replacement plan, while some top GOP lawmakers saw an affirmation of their approach.
The CBO estimated that 14 million more people would become uninsured next year. By 2026, if the top Republican proposal to replace Obamacare becomes law, 24 million more people would be uninsured than would be under current law. The report said 52 million people would be uninsured in 2026 if the legislation becomes law, compared with 28 million, if not.
The GOP proposal would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over the next decade, the CBO said. Premiums in the individual market would be on average 15 to 20 percent higher in 2018 and 2019 than under current law. By 2026, though, they would be 10 percent lower than if Obamacare remained intact.
After the report's release, the Trump administration quickly criticized its conclusions, saying it does not take into account other administrative actions it plans to take after the bill is passed.
"We disagree strenuously with the report," Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said.