CBO: Senate health care bill would lead to 22 million more uninsured

The report says the Senate bill would also reduce the deficit by $321 billion by 2026.

The House bill was scored as increasing the number of uninsured people by 23 million and resulting in a $119 billion reduction in the deficit.

The budget office projects that by 2026, 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million people if the current law remained in effect.

As he did during the House negotiations, Mr Trump has personally pushed for a Senate bill, calling fellow Republicans to mobilise support.

GOP leaders in the Senate are not negotiating with party holdouts on health care, Sen. "Medicine has long operated under the precept of Primum non nocere, or "first, do no harm, '" reads the letter sent by American Medical Association to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)".

The Congressional Budget Office's official "score" of the Senate GOP's Better Care Reconciliation Act came out this afternoon, and it contained largely bad news for the bill's sponsors - though with some significant opportunities for improvements before the bill actually hits the Senate floor.

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The 49-page report from Congress's nonpartisan budget oversight arm is likely to make it hard for the bill to pass easily through the Senate, as GOP lawmakers had hoped it might perhaps as soon as this week.

As many as 15 million more people would be uninsured next year, primarily because the legislation would repeal Obamacare's individual mandate, according to the estimate, which was released on Monday.

But the CBO score does have one strong selling point for Republicans.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump talked with some of the opponents in hopes of getting them to vote in favor of the legislation. It contains some key differences from the version the House passed last month. If states narrowed what services plans are required to cover, people could end up paying more for those services and insurers could again impose annual or lifetimes limits on how much they would pay for those services.

"Under the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million people gained health insurance". It would phase out subsidies to help lower income people buy insurance, curb taxes on the wealthy and cut hundreds of billions of dollars in funding over the next several years for the government's health care program for the poor and disabled. The analysis also offers clarity to wavering Senate Republicans on whether to vote for the bill later this week.

Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, speaks to reporters Thursday after Senate Republicans unveiled their version of legislation to overhaul Obamacare.

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