Millions of Americans would lose their health coverage if the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal becomes law. That analysis comes from the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released yesterday.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected Monday that the last-ditch GOP ObamaCare repeal bill would result in “millions” of people losing coverage.
The agency did not give a specific number given a lack of time to do the analysis before a vote, but said the “direction of the effect is clear.”
CBO said the reduction in coverage would be felt in three areas: in Medicaid, because the bill repeals ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid; in private coverage, because the bill repeals subsidies that help people afford it; and because the mandate to have coverage would be repealed.
According to CBS News, “CBO projects that “the decrease in the number of insured people would be particularly large starting in 2020.” That’s when Graham-Cassidy would make “major changes to funding for Medicaid and the nongroup market.” CBO and JCT (Joint Committee on Taxation) also expect problems in implementing the plan, as well as market disruptions, because of the short planning time given for planning between now and 2020.”
This latest CBO score combined with the understanding that four Republican Senators have said they will not will not, or would likely not the support the bill (Arizona Senator John McCain, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Susan Collins), has some congressional leaders wondering if a vote will even happen.
Meanwhile, one of the co-sponsors of the bill, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, is defending Arizona Senator John McCain’s decision to vote against the legislation…..despite harsh criticism aimed at McCain in a tweet from President Donald Trump.
Asked during a CNN debate Monday night about Trump’s tweet, Graham says McCain was willing to die for his country and he can vote any way he wants. McCain was a Navy pilot whose plane was shot down over Vietnam. He spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war.
The New York Times added that Graham plans to continue fighting for a vote sometime this week, “We’re going to press on,” Mr. Graham said hours later, during a Monday night CNN debate on health care. He raised the possibility of still holding a vote, even as he acknowledged it might fail: “It’s O.K. to vote. It’s O.K. to fall short, if you do, for an idea you believe in.”
Share your thoughts on these latest developments and whether you believe there will be a vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care plan. If not, what’s next? Generating meaningful dialogue around the health care issues affecting Arizonans is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!