Budget ‘score’ will shake up Capitol Hill debate over Obamacare repeal
Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would cut spending by more than $300 billion over the next decade but would result in 24 million fewer people holding health insurance, Congress’ official scorekeeper said Monday, creating another political hurdle for President Trump and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.
The losses would build over time, with 14 million forgoing coverage next year — nearly half of them the younger, healthier people who would no longer be forced to buy plans under Obamacare’s individual mandate.
Over time, bigger losses would come from the ranks of Medicaid, where the Republican bill rolls back the program’s expansion and challenges states to experiment, trying to cover more people with less money.
By 2026, some 14 million fewer people would be covered by Medicaid, while 10 million others would either refuse to buy plans, be kicked off their employers’ insurance or otherwise be knocked out of coverage.