According to the Congressional Budget Office, the number of Americans without health insurance will spike by 15 million next year, on its way to 22 million by 2026. By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law. The CBO found that revisions in the bill lowered federal deficits by $119 billion and left a projected 51 million people uninsured, or 23 million more by 2026 than would be uninsured under the Affordable Care Act. "Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!"
Will the leaders of the Roman Catholic and other conservative Christian churches speak out loudly and forcefully against the Senate's proposed health care legislation, which will strip health coverage from millions of people, cut or eliminate Medicaid services for numerous most vulnerable, and raise costs for most people?
A Republican health care plan that could receive a vote in the U.S. Senate as early as this week retains coverage protections for people with pre-existing health conditions - but U.S. Sen. Most Americans who buy insurance on the individual market would actually end up paying more for health care, even if their premiums went down.More news: IS fighters launch counterattacks in west Mosul neighborhood
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Average premiums under the bill would increase in the nongroup market before 2020 and decrease after that, CBO said.
The coverage loss largely comes from the changes the bill makes to Medicaid.
So they can afford to lose only two votes, with Vice President Pence poised to provide the tie-breaking vote. Five moderate and conservative Republicans also are opposed to the Senate bill.
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive think tank, on Monday released an analysis of the effects of Senate Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill on health care premiums. It contains some key differences from the version the House passed last month.
Also, senators would eliminate the mandates that require almost all Americans to have coverage and companies with more than 50 workers to provide health benefits. A portion of that revenue is lost because certain provisions to encourage health coverage (such as tax penalties imposed on those going without health coverage) would be repealed.