Those projections -- made after CBO officials examined the legislation introduced by Speaker of the House
"This report by the nonpartisan
"Under Trumpcare, middle-class families will see their premiums go up, older Pennsylvanians will face an age tax and fewer Pennsylvanians will be insured."
With the Affordable Care Act, former President
The CBO projects that total would increase to 52 million by 2026 under the American Health Care Act.
Average premiums would tend to increase in the non-group marketplace before 2020 and decrease afterward, relative to projections under current law, per the CBO.
By 2026, average premiums for single policyholders should be approximately 10 percent lower than if the Affordable Care Act remains.
Age as a factor
Rates under the
The CBO found insurers would generally be allowed to charge older enrollees five times more than they do younger customers, rather than the three times more under current law.
Therefore, premiums would likely "substantially" increase for older customers and decrease for younger ones.
Assistance would still be provided under Ryan's plan, but in a different form.
Obamacare gives subsidies to people making less than
That amount would be linked to age, not income:
Locally, in the most extreme example, a 60-year-old resident of
However, on the other end of the spectrum, the same
A random comparison shows:
The budget office found the more than
"One of the central premises (is) they make insurance extremely expensive through a combination of regulations and mandates and then they say, 'Well, so now we're going to force you to buy it, but we know you can't afford it, so we'll give you a subsidy,' " Pennsylvania
"Everybody looks at us and says, 'Oh, well look, these people, they can't afford insurance without the subsidy.' Well, yeah, they can't afford this insurance without the subsidy.
"If we get rid of all of these ridiculous mandates and regulations that drive up the price, then an awful lot of people won't need the subsidy. And that's where we should be heading."
Both plans would prohibit insurers from turning down applicants with pre-existing conditions or capping annual and lifetime limits. Parents would still be able to keep dependent children on their health insurance plan until age 26.
The American Health Care Act would eliminate the Obamacare mandate, but replace it with a policy that would require any customer who went without insurance for more than two months to face a 30-percent premium surcharge when looking to purchase a new plan.
Also, under the
Additional federal funding for
30 states, including
"The biggest broken promises in Trumpcare are its provisions that would decimate
Toomey and both of the area's congressmen --
During his interview with WPHT, Toomey said he would be "very happy to repeal the entire thing lock, stock and barrel, provide a transition for people who are on Obamacare now through no fault of their own -- they were just following the law -- and get out to the other side where we have a marketplace that determines -- or individuals get to determine -- what their health insurance looks like."
Ryan's bill is currently being evaluated by members of
"Obamacare is collapsing and has been a disaster for the American people since it was signed into law," said
"The congressman is looking forward to reviewing the final version of the legislation, once it clears all relevant House committees."
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