As Republicans make some final changes to their healthcare bill, trying to win over some of the GOP holdouts on the bill, the Congressional Budget Office has just released their score for the controversial piece of legislation and it certainly doesn’t look good for Mitch McConnell and company.
The CBO predicts that the Senate bill would increase the number of people without health insurance by a staggering 22 million by 2026. This is only slightly better than the 23 million figure that the CBO said the House bill would have thrown off of healthcare. To make matters worse, the bill would also cause 15 more million Americans to not have health insurance within one year when compared to the current law.
Leading up to the release of the score this afternoon, the White House put out a statement which seemed to preempt what they expected to be a very poor score for the bill. A tweet coming from the White House earlier this afternoon, stated the following:
“FACT: when #Obamacare was signed, CBO estimated that 23M would be covered in 2017. They were off by 100%. Only 10.3M people are covered.”
The problem with this statement by the White House is that back when the CBO scored the Affordable Care Act, they did so based on the assumption that all 50 Governors would participate completely in the new law, instead of refusing to accept the law’s medicaid expansion. Most Republican Governors did not accept the expansion, which easily led to millions of uninsured citizens.
The Congressional Budget Office, established in 1974, is a non-partisan federal agency within the legislative branch. They have no reason to put out biased numbers, and overall they have in fact been quite accurate in their estimates, not only within the healthcare space, but in all areas regarding proposed legislation.