Tell your senators: The CBO makes Trumpcare a no-go.
After their first failed attempt in March, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act 2.0 on May 4th; however, they did it without waiting for the customary Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score to assess the impact of the bill. Yesterday, finally, the score came out. And sure enough, the bill will put millions of Americans at risk of losing coverage and cause many more to pay more for less care. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to call on your senators to vote against the House-passed bill and protect health care for all.
According to the earlier CBO score, the first version of the GOP bill would have destabilized insurance markets and caused 24 million people to lose insurance over the next ten years. Not a great starting point, so after the changes they made to the bill (pulling coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and literally taking health care from pregnant women) we weren’t expecting this score to be much better.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the uninsured rate in the United States reached record lows, with 20 million people gaining health coverage since 2010. According to the nonpartisan CBO, if this bill passes the Senate and becomes law, the uninsured rate will spike to 52 million in ten years, and those who don’t lose coverage could see premiums rise by 850%. Especially at risk are seniors and low-income communities.
Without this score the Senate has been stuck in a holding pattern, unable to go forward with this bill. Now, we need to call our senators and tell them that this CBO score is unacceptable and they cannot support this bill or any alternative that threatens health care for so many.
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How to Read the C.B.O. Score of the Health Bill Like an Expert - The New York Times