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Report: Healthcare Bill Would Reduce Number of Those With Insurance by 21 Million

Report: Healthcare Bill Would Reduce Number of Those With Insurance by 21 Million
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By    |   Friday, 22 September 2017 02:41 PM

The Republican healthcare bill will reduce the number of people with insurance coverage by 21 million in the next nine years, a new study by the Brookings Institution reveals.

President Donald Trump and Senate Republican leaders have been pushing to line up votes in favor of the bill, known as Graham-Cassidy. But the Congressional Budget Office is not expected to release its full analysis of the bill until after the Senate vote, the report noted.

"To help fill the gap left by the Senate's decision to hold a vote in the absence of a complete CBO analysis, this analysis draws upon CBO's estimates for prior legislation to evaluate how the Graham-Cassidy legislation might affect the number of people with health insurance coverage," the Brookings' report, which was released Friday, noted.

While projecting the reduction of coverage to be about 21 million, the number is likely to go higher, the report said.

"The Graham-Cassidy legislation's adverse effects on insurance coverage are likely to increase after its block grant funding expires at the end of 2026," the report continued. "After that time, the legislation is similar to the ‘repeal and delay' proposal that the Senate considered in July, which CBO estimated would reduce the number of people with insurance coverage by 32 million people in the long run.

The Brookings analysis contradicts claims by one of the bill's sponsors, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., that his legislation would expand coverage, NBC News reported.

And the report noted the number of those without insurance coverage could continue to climb even more over time.

"In fact, the long run outcomes would be somewhat worse under the Graham-Cassidy legislation because of the additional changes to the Medicaid program under this legislation, the report stated.

"Most important in this regard is the legislation's Medicaid per capita cap, which is likely to become progressively more stringent over the decade starting in 2027, and thereby spur growing reductions in insurance coverage over time."

The CBO estimate on potential coverage losses will not be ready for several weeks, The Hill is reporting.

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