Proposed Health Care Act Could Result in 23 Million Losing Insurance

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Enactment of the American Health Care Act could result in up to 51 million Americans uninsured, according to the CBO.
Enactment of the American Health Care Act could result in up to 51 million Americans uninsured, according to the CBO.

(HealthDay News) -- The Republican-led bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that passed the House this month would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance coverage, according to a report issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The nonpartisan CBO projects that a total of 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured in 2026 under the Republican-backed measure, called the American Health Care Act.

That figure is a combination of the 28 million Americans under 65 who still lack insurance under the ACA plus the 23 million projected to lose their coverage if the GOP-sponsored bill passes the Senate to become law. The new CBO estimate of the newly uninsured is only about a million people fewer than the prior plan rejected by the House in March.

The newer version -- with concessions to the far right of the Republican party -- narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, ahead of the CBO's final, independent assessment of its potential impact on federal spending and health care coverage.

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