Posted: 4:52 pm Monday, March 13th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
A report from the Congressional Budget Office on a new GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law gave fresh ammunition to both political parties, as number crunchers found the plan would cut the federal deficit by $337 billion over ten years, but also swell the ranks of the uninsured by 24 million people over the current system.
The reviews broke right along partisan lines.
“This report confirms that the American Health Care Act will lower premiums and improve access to quality, affordable care,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, who noted that the plan would “provide massive tax relief” and “dramatically reduce the deficit.”
That assessment was swiftly echoed by other GOP lawmakers.
CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the legislation would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the 2017-2026 period.
— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) March 13, 2017
On the numbers related to the deficit and the cost of the program, here is what the CBO found:
As for Democrats, they focused on a different set of numbers, how many people would have insurance coverage as compared to the current system under the Obama health law.
Here is what the CBO found:
Democrats said that showed the GOP plan was fatally flawed.
“Donald Trump called for ‘insurance for all,’ said Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM). “This bill breaks that promise.”
#CBO good news: at least in exchange for 24 million losing health care and rates going way up, billionaires get a big tax break.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 13, 2017
Down at the White House, Trump Administration officials immediately pushed back against the CBO report.
HHS Secretary Price: "We disagree strenuously" with CBO report https://t.co/ZmRmdpvkwo
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 13, 2017
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 13, 2017
“It’s just not believable, the numbers would suggest,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.