You’ll be able to buy the health care insurance plan you want. Premiums will be lower. Everyone will be covered. Access to quality, affordable care will improve.
Those promises from President Donald Trump and Republican leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan seem less likely after a report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
The report breaks down the projected costs of the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. In the words of Louisiana GOP Senator Bill Cassidy: “Can’t sugarcoat it. Doesn’t look good. The CBO score was, shall we say, an eye-popper.”
Dr. John Ayanian directs the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan. He’s also a professor of internal medicine, public health and public policy.
Ayanian joined Stateside to help explain what the future may hold if the Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) is passed.
The CBO estimates the GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will, by 2026, cause the number of uninsured Americans to grow by 24 million. And a big chunk of that increase, 14 million, would come from Medicaid enrollees, as the Republican plan cuts into the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.