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Mick Mulvaney Dismisses White House Document Showing Higher AHCA Losses

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 02:36 PM

Office of Budget and Management Director Mick Mulvaney Tuesday dismissed reports of a document that shows the White House believed the American Health Care Act would mark even more significant losses than those projected by the Congressional Budget Office.

"I don't know if the document exists because I have not seen it," Mulvaney told CNN's "New Day" program. "If there's a document, it would have used the CBO numbers because they are the only ones around, and we think they are deeply flawed, so you can't put too much credit on that document."

However, according to Politico, the White House said the OMB, Mulvaney's department, worked on the document, which forecasts 26 million people would lose coverage over the next 10 years, not the 24 million forecast in the CBO's analysis this week.

"This is not an analysis of the bill in any way whatsoever," White House Communications Director Michael Dubke told Politico. "This is OMB trying to project what CBO's score will be using CBO's methodology."

According to the documents viewed and reported by Politico, the OMB's analysis determined coverage losses would include 17 million for Medicaid, with another 6 million in the individual market and three million through employer-based plans.

In addition, the White House's analysis determined 54 million would be uninsured in 2026 if the AHCA is approved, or nearly double that projected under Obamacare.

Meanwhile, Mulvaney appeared on several early morning news programs Tuesday morning to strike back at the CBO's projections, and on CNN told anchor Chris Cuomo that the CBO is "terrible at counting coverage."

"The CBO is assuming if you get Medicaid, once the mandate is gone, you will give up your free Medicaid and replace it with nothing," said Mulvaney, a former Republican lawmaker. "The CBO is full of errors — not errors, they're just bad assumptions like that. That's the only way you can get to these bad numbers."

However, he did admit that his own office does not know how to count coverage.

"The only thing we would have been able to use as base data was the CBO, and we simply don't have the ability to do that," said Mulvaney.

Mulvaney also denied contentions that older Medicaid recipients will lose coverage under the GOP's plan.

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Office of Budget and Management Director Mick Mulvaney Tuesday dismissed reports of a document that shows the White House believed the American Health Care Act would mark even more significant losses than those projected by the Congressional Budget Office.
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