Now we have a new contender for 2017, also spawned from Obamacare: President Donald Trump’s promise that no Americans would lose coverage in the Republicans’ repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” he told the
Now we know those two statements are nowhere close to true. The nonpartisan
Obamacare is far from perfect, so we’re eager to see improvements in America’s health care system. Let’s look at the CBO’s findings, good and bad, about the Republican replacement, and then decide if it’s the way to go.
— The number of people without health insurance would almost double, from 28 million to 52 million, by 2026 under the
— The rising uninsured number would not be driven by people choosing not to purchase coverage. About 14 million would lose coverage from
— Overall, premiums a decade from now would be an average of 10 percent lower than they would be under Obamacare. Young people’s costs would drop, however, while older people’s would skyrocket. A 21-year-old making
— The Republican plan would reduce deficits by
— With Planned Parenthood funding slashed, pregnancy rates would rise. Those pregnancies and the resulting babies would drive higher
That’s good, because there’s little risk of him doing either with this plan.