CBO Score: Repealing Obamacare Would Raise Number Of Uninsured By 32M, Double Premiums By 2026

CNBC reports:

Repealing many Obamacare provisions would lead to 27 million uninsured in 2020, according to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office published Wednesday. That figure would climb to 32 million by 2026, the CBO said in its new report.

The CBO also projected that average premiums in the individual health insurance market would rise by about 25 percent relative to the current Obamacare law next year. That increase “would reach about 50 percent in 2020, and premiums would about double by 2026,” the CBO report found.

CBO also said that repealing many provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is formally known, would decrease federal deficits by by $473 billion from 2017 through 2026. The latest CBO analysis came score after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier Wednesday that the Senate would vote early next week to begin debate over repealing the ACA.

  • Boreal

    Well they shouldn’t be worried about the deficit. That only matters when democrats are in power.

    • jerry

      I saw last week that the current year’s deficit was expected to be $750B…a considerable raise over last year’s.

      • Boreal

        It’ll be Obama’s fault.

    • Ninja0980

      Not to mention government spending, judicial vacancies etc.

      • margaretpoa

        SCOTUS Justices….

        • (((GC)))

          STOLEN Supreme Court seats….

  • dcurlee

    A few of Trumps golf trips would offset that

  • Eric Lewis

    Why the hell are the DEMS not pushing single payer at every opportunity ? The GOP might be opposed but the Trump voter would totally go for it if presented in the right way.

    • clay

      What opportunity?

      • Eric Lewis

        A large majority of them could get on any TV program at any time bypass the process take it to the people. Esp the people who voted for Trump because they were suffering financially

        • clay

          I don’t see how that’s successfully bypassing the process, when they’re still stuck in the process for making any actual change. This isn’t just California; there is no federal level citizen initiative. Trump’s even eliminated the White House petition system.

          Edit: I would welcome Sebellius, Obama, Dem House and Senate HHS Committee members getting onto the talk shows to undercut the Rubio amendment (which could have a minor counter-effect to stabilize the exchanges), to demand public acknowledgement that Medicaid and premium subsidies MUST continue without reduction for that full two years, and see more action in the non-expansion states.

    • Adam King

      Soshulism! Soshulism!

    • Leo

      Fox News

    • safari

      No dem wants to discuss a revenue stream and what it’d cost private insurers.

    • ultragreen

      Mainstream Democratic politicians are against single-payer health care. This is one of the Democratic party’s many problems.

  • Adam King

    They need to send that dumbass briar McConnell back to the cabin porch where he can smoke his corncob pipe and scratch his armpits all on his lonesome.

  • Leo

    McConnell wants his party to show their hand and now it comes to the votes when it actually gets to that point next week. There’s legitimate concerns his arm twisting will work but in the end I do think it’s the Medicaid cuts that will do he and this party in on this, delay or not.

    Collins is NOT budging and I’m placing safe bets on that – Maine’s gone apoplectic on her since this all started.

    The question comes down to whether McConnell tries as has been rumored a 2nd version of the Klondike Kickback for Murkowski in another bill. Capito’s not a sure enough bet despite her earlier stance against this, imho. From there, who knows.

    • Rambie

      After the threat today, Heller better be a NO vote too

  • Boreal
    • Mark McGovern

      That’s funny.

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  • Paula

    And dear cheetoman is O.K. with this.

  • Sam_Handwich

    for GOP swine, this is a feature not a bug

    • Adam King

      Freedom from having to carry insurance! Relief from somethingorother!

  • Blake J Butler
    • Adam King

      He would make a formidable candidate, and he’s got my vote of course. I would really hate to see Trump get to appoint one of his asshole friends to the Consumer Financial Protection Agency though.

      • jerry

        While I know and like Ted Strickland, I’m glad that he won’t be running again…I think his time is past. And yes, the GOP has wanted to kill off the CFPB ever since it was created.

        • Ninja0980

          The fact Strickland was the Senate candidate last year showed how thin the Democratic bench in Ohio was.

      • Gustav2

        And a big FU to Dewine.

        • Adam King

          There cannot be an FU as big as what Dewhine deserves, that horrible piece of shit.

    • Gustav2

      YAY!!!!!!!!

    • Ninja0980

      This is the candidate Democrats need next year.
      As important as the Senate races are, the governor race’s are even more so.
      We want to make sure GOP gerrymandered maps won’t be the norm for the next census?
      Then make sure we have Democratic governors to stop it.

  • clay

    McConnell: “But we have two years to fix that.”
    Reality: “Meanwhile, because of yours and Trump’s words, and Rubio’s past amendment, the exchanges will bottom out, 27 million people will lose coverage, and rural hospitals will go bankrupt BEFORE 2020.”

  • Ernest Endevor

    Now see, this is good news, people. If they can cut $473 B like this then they’d only have to cut $327 B from Medicare to make the $800 B tax cut to their base – the billionaires who fund the Republican party and all its offshoots, PACS, think tanks, lobbyists, etc. That seems doable. It’s a win-win!!

  • bkmn
  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN
  • Sam_Handwich

    new Fox News poll:

    Trump Job Approval:

    Approve 41%
    Disapprove 53%

    @FoxNewspoll 7/16-18

    • Treant

      What’s the trend? If even Fox has it downward…

    • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

      Fox have Tweeted it out. The majority disapprove his handling of everything.

      https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/887794976578387969

      • clay

        If NBC’s (thin) polling of the Trump surge and flip counties was correct, they were most favorable towards Trump’s economic nationalism, ethno-religious xenophobia, and war-stance towards Korea and SW Asia. Russia and Health Care are huge problems for him, but he’s failing on the issues the voters who gave him the win care the most about, as well.

      • Ken M

        and that’s FOX? Dang !

        • AmeriCanadian

          Yes and you KNOW how fake Fox is. So that tells me that those disapproval stats must be higher. Much higher.

    • ultragreen

      There’s something deeply wrong with this country if 41% of the registered voters think Trump is doing a good job.

      • Mark McGovern

        No kidding. Like, he’s not even on the job.

      • stevenj

        I would be skeptical about a Fox news poll.

  • safari
    • Treant

      Cool, so if it’s public we can listen to Junior perjure himself without any consequences.

    • -M-

      Grill ’em up!

    • safari

      Axios adds that Kushner will also be testifying.

      • safari

        (via Axios)

        Jared Kushner will be testifying in a closed session before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, per ABC News, while Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort will be in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.

    • ChrisInKansas

      Break out those popcorn gifs!

      • Ninja0980

        O/T but since you are in Kansas, figured I’d let you know that there are now four less Republican voters there, as the last holdouts on my Mom’s side of the family finally flipped.
        They realized like my grandparents did that the Republican party of Bill Graves, Nancy Kassebaum and Bob Dole no longer exists.
        Sad in a way, it truly is.

        • ChrisInKansas

          It is, but yay!

    • ultragreen

      Unless they are under oath, it won’t mean anything.

      • Miji

        Under oath will give them an opportunity to perjure themselves and probably give them a case amnesia. They’re probably will to lie and obstruct either way.

    • Ninja0980

      So how long will it be before e-mails or Benghazi is brought up?

      • safari

        Hannity was discussing new developments in the Clinton email investigation last night.

        • Ninja0980

          Funny how none of them are mentioning Jane Sanders very real legal troubles.
          Shows you what the right really thinks of Bernie as a candidate going forward.

  • LSMC1987

    Well, sound like freedom……………………………………………

  • JCF
  • ultragreen

    Basically, the CBO is saying that McConnell’s health care reform package is beyond dead, it has actually hardened into an extinct fossil. Nonetheless, he still wants the non-extinct fossils in the U.S. Senate to vote on it.

  • Cackalaquiano

    wonder when the GOP is gonna eliminate the CBO?

  • Buford

    All this just to fix the ACA’s ‘problem’ of 2-3M Americans whose premiums rose 25% or so…?

    • clay

      in limited states that didn’t buy into Obamacare.

    • safari

      Or to clear reconciliation, which cannot proceed with any other priority until this is cleared.

    • juanjo54

      The average rise in premuims under the ACA has been 1.77% per year. Prior to the ACA it was double that per year. As someone noted those 25% increases in premiums were in states which were not participating in the complete ACA and were run by Republicans.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Halou

    “…would decrease federal deficits by by $473 billion from 2017 through 2026.”

    Over a nine year period that would amount to, $52.5 billion a year.
    That is about as much money as Trump has magicked up out of thin air to put to the military, $54 billion. Amazing, isn’t it.

    • Treant

      Sheer coinkidink, I tells ya!

    • Cackalaquiano

      Or one of his weekends at Mar-a-Lago

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Ken M

    Nothing in the Bible about healthcare? Darn. : )

  • JT

    Rethugs: Who gives a shit how much harm it does to all those people as long as it gives more money to the rich?

  • Halou

    Here is a funny image album, treats the Obamacare repeal saga like a D&D game.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/gpzlS

    • Karl Dubhe

      That was fucking awesome.

      thnaks.

  • Talisman

    Maybe we could redirect some funds from our excessive and unnecessary military budget to, you know, take care of the people here at home?

    • MBear

      SOCIALIST!!!

      ETA: /s 😉

      • Talisman

        Never forget the /s, or you better wear your asbestos underwear.

        • MBear

          Sometimes, eh? LOL

      • Boy Elvis

        Exactly! Everybody knows the American Way is to blow up brown people and give old rich white dudes tax breaks. Why do people think anything else in life is important?

  • Nychta

    I guess lunch with Trump today wasn’t enough. On to dinner!
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/19/trump-congress-no-recess-health-care-240718

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    I’m curious. Has anybody ever heard a “Bernie or Bust” or an “Anybody But Hillary” voter express any remorse? With Gorsuch on the bench and so much damage being done to everything that true progressives hold dear under constant attack, I’ve yet to see one of my friends or family who would refer to Hillary as “Killery” express any regrets at all. They just ask me to not look back. I’m finding that a difficult thing to do.

    • jsmukg

      Never. I am deeply sorry that you *have* friends and family of that ilk;
      although I know it is draconian, I have severed all ties with creatures capable of such behavior. You might consider this: the two people I had thought of as intimates who produced this kind of megatoxicity were, obviously, not what I had taken them for nor what they had told me they were, and it is clear that our relationships were based on my– naive? overly trusting?–acceptance of what I know now were lies about their basic characters and souls. I missed them at first, but I was surprised how fast the grieving period ended. Gorsucks and the even more horrifying prospect of more Fat Tonys and Long Dong Silvers on SCOTUS is all by itself more than adequate grounds for divorce, to say nothing of what else this catastrophe may bring.

      • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

        It’s complicated when it’s people you genuinely love….and disappointing.

        • jsmukg

          I understand that. I genuinely loved the people I mentioned to you, which made the discovery of what they truly were not only disappointing but shattering. Shakespeare is full of these kinds of experiences–look at what Cordelia discovers about Lear, for example–as are all great plays and novels (A Doll’s House, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, A Streetcar Named Desire…) My point in saying how relatively brief the grieving period was for me is not to minimize the depth of your feeling for the people you love, but to observe that we often do not actually and really know people even when we think we are intimate with them. To shift gears a little, as Lacy J. Dalton said in her great song ‘Everybody Makes Mistakes,’ ‘the stranger that I loved was even stranger than he seemed/The honesty I thought we had some crazy thing I dreamed.’

  • sword

    Next…abolish Social Security, Medicare and all other Socialist-Marxist parts of the US Government.

    • BudClark

      And start a Second Civil War …

  • BudClark

    THIRTY-TWO MILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTHCARE: hungry children, autistic children hungry adults, the homeless, the disabled, disabled Veterans, the elderly, people with Alzheimer’s … and a SOARING rate of infant deaths, approaching that of third world countries.

    MANY (if not most) OF THEM WILL DIE *SOLELY* BECAUSE OF REPUBLICANS … because their hatred of “that black man in the White House” still burns white-hot … (hint: he’s no longer there!), as does their hatred of “the poor” (many of whom BECAME poor because of Republican policies) and also of non-white, non-wealthy, non-evangelical, and non-KKKonservative KKKristianist KKKultists,

    Paul Ryan has Ayn Rand’s books shoved so far up his worthless ass that he can read the fine print. NORMAL teenagers outgrow her / defecate her by the time they graduate from college, at th LATEST.

    Citizens United (thanks a LOT, Kocksucker Bros), and fascist oligarchs are determined to turn the U.S. into a Seven Mountains Dominionist KKKonservative KKKristianist KKKocksuckers’ “paradise” akin to “Gilead” in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

    WHERE WILL IT ALL END?

    *WILL* IT ALL END??

    May whatever gods there be have mercy upon us!!!