CBO Predicts GOP Health Care Bill Could Leave 22 Million Uninsured

The nonpartisan agency says the Republican plan will leave 22 million people uninsured over the next decade.
Posted at 5:34 PM, Jun 26, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office's report on the Senate GOP health care bill is in.

The nonpartisan agency says the Senate Republicans' plan will increase the number of uninsured people by 22 million by 2026.

The CBO projects the bill will cut the federal deficit by $321 billion over 10 years.

And it will reduce Medicaid enrollment among people under 65 by an estimated 16 percent.

Compare those numbers with the House's American Health Care Act. The CBO estimated that by 2026 the bill would reduce the deficit by $119 billion, but it would increase the number of uninsured folks by 23 million, a million more than the new bill.

The CBO's score might hurt efforts to rally more support for the Senate bill. A handful of Republican senators have voiced concerns about the legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell previously said he wants the Senate to vote before their July 4 recess.