“American Health Care Act will lower premiums & improve access to quality, affordable care.” That was House Speaker Paul Ryan’s take on the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s official score of Trumpcare. Only it seems like he may have read a different report because the CBO report was bad for House Republicans. So bad, in fact, that Speaker Ryan was called out for his comments on Fox News. Here are a few key numbers from the report showing just how bad Trumpcare is:
24 million people will lose coverage over 10 years.
14 million people will lose coverage by 2018.
7 million fewer people will have employer-sponsored coverage in 10 years.
14 million fewer people will have Medicaid coverage in 10 years.
$880 billion will be cut from Medicaid over 10 years.
15 to 20 percent premium INCREASE in the individual market in 2018 and 2019.
What’s puzzling, House Republican leaders seemed to be expecting the CBO report to be this bad. Even before the CBO actually released its score, they began trying to discredit the office. But their strategy is pretty transparent. Congressional Republicans loved the CBO until it didn’t work for them. HHS Secretary Tom Price himself personally signed off on the appointment of the current CBO Director, but yesterday Price joined his House peers in attacking the CBO. These attacks are no more than a distraction, the reality is Trumpcare would cover fewer people at a higher price and it’s not just the CBO that says so, allthesereports agree.