Some 22 million Americans could lose their health insurance over the next decade under a Senate bill to replace Obamacare, a congressional report says.
However, the bill would reduce the budget deficit, the non-partisan Congressional Budgetary Office said.
Similar legislation passed by the House was also said to leave millions uninsured. Some Republicans have voiced reservations about the plan.
But the White House disputed the CBO’s figures.
Responding to Monday’s report, it said: “The CBO has consistently proven it cannot accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage.”
The report is a review of draft legislation unveiled by the Republican party last week.
It is unlikely to be approved by Democrats, who see the proposals as cruel and unfair.
The CBO said that 15 million more people would be uninsured by 2018 under the proposed legislation than under current law, largely because the penalty for not having insurance would be eliminated.
First, I would point out that the CBO estimates for what would happen if we passed Obamacare were waaaaaay off. Remember that this is just a group of people sitting around trying to make an educated guess of how legislation will impact a very dynamic world. I wish they would give a margin of error and standard deviation of their predictions to put them into context. They do, however, couch their predictions with words like “could” and “might,” so it is really on the reporters who run with these reports like they are Gospel.
Second, if the prediction is accurate that 15 million people will have their right to choose restored, then that’s a good thing. That indicates that right now they are being forced to purchase a product that they think they don’t need or want. If we truly are a nation that values liberty and the freedom of Americans to make choices about their own lives, then the CBO report is a welcome tonic.