The Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would result in the loss of health insurance for 22 million Americans in 2026 relative to the number who would be insured under current law, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s report.
The Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would result in the loss of health insurance for 22 million Americans in 2026 relative to the number who would be insured under current law, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report. The CBO previously estimated that the House version of the bill, which passed in May, would result in 23 million Americans losing health insurance coverage. The report also found that, as soon as 2018, 15 million more people would be uninsured relative to current law. The legislation would decrease the federal deficit by $321 billion over 10 years.
Senate leaders today postponed a vote on the bill until after the July 4th congressional recess. With Democrats united against the legislation, there can be no more than 2 Republicans voting with Democrats against the motion to proceed. Currently, 4 Republicans have opposed the motion; 2 others have not yet declared opposition, but may also decide to oppose.
Among the key features of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) are the following:
The BCRA is opposed by many healthcare groups, including the American Medical Association and every major hospital association. Hospitals focused their concerns on proposed cuts to Medicaid, which provides health insurance to 73 million low-income and disabled Americans who would otherwise have no health insurance when they require hospitalization. The National Rural Health Association noted that small hospitals and rural hospitals are already struggling to “keep their lights on” and rely on Medicaid payments to survive.