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Trump's Healthcare Plan Could Cost 25 Million Americans Their Coverage

Trump's Healthcare Plan Could Cost 25 Million Americans Their Coverage

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By    |   Friday, 23 September 2016 12:34 PM

Under Republican candidate Donald Trump's healthcare plan, millions insured under Obamacare would lose their coverage, while Democrat Hillary Clinton's plan would grant almost 10 million access to healthcare, according to a new study.

Commonwealth Fund, a nonpartisan foundation that studies healthcare, released a study on Friday analyzing the two candidate's plans. If Trump becomes president, up to 25 million people could lose their coverage, most of them low-income and already in poor health. Under Clinton, 9.6 million more people could gain access to healthcare.

According to The Hill, this "analysis is the most comprehensive to date about the two candidates' healthcare plans, which are among their biggest policy agendas."

Trump's plan would repeal Obamacare, which the fund notes could increase the federal deficit by $41 billion if the lost revenue isn't replaced. Clinton's plan to expand Obamacare could increase the deficit even more, up to $90 billion.

Clinton's most expensive policy, providing new subsidies for people that could cover their out-of-pocket costs, would total $110 billion per year, but would save $25 million in Medicaid costs. The study also says that Clinton's plan to add a government-run health plan, called a "public option," would save $700 million per year, and could cause other people's premiums to decrease.

The study was created by RAND Health, the major research division of the RAND Corporation, and funded by the Commonwealth Fund. They contacted both campaigns for details of their plans, but if details were not provided they made "reasonable assumptions" about the results.

"You could quibble about some of the modeling, but directionally I think it's right," Douglas Holtz-Eakin, economist and president of the American Action Forum, told The Chicago Tribune after reviewing the study.

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