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Bernie Sanders: 'Thousands of Americans Will Die' With AHCA

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By    |   Monday, 13 Mar 2017 07:32 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., slammed the GOP replacement healthcare plan Monday following a report estimate more than 24 million Americans would be uninsured over the next 10 years if the bill passed, saying, "thousands of Americans will die" as a result.

"If this legislation is passed and millions of people are thrown off health insurance . . . thousands of Americans will die," Sanders said, per The Hill.

"I think that legislation is disgusting. It is immoral," he said. "It must defeated, and I hope there is enough sense amongst some of the Republicans."

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026 under the American Health Care Act, "compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law."

Many of the provisions of the Republican bill would not take effect until 2020.

Still, the CBO said effects on healthcare coverage would be felt almost instantly, with the initial drop-off in care occurring after Obamacare gets repealed by Congress. The report also estimated the bill would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion dollars during the next 10 years and save the government $6 billion.

The CBO report had mixed reactions from lawmakers. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said there would be a stable transition for Americans, while House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said the report confirms the American Health Care Act would use "conservative and free-market principles that will empower Americans with access, choice and affordability."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., slammed the GOP replacement healthcare plan Monday following a report estimate more than 24 million Americans would be uninsured over the next 10 years if the bill passed, saying, "thousands of Americans will die" as a result.
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