Republicans on defense after report shows millions would lose insurance

DORCHESTER, MA - APRIL 11:  Dr. Elizabeth Maziarka reads a blood pressure gauge during an examination of patient June Mendez at the Codman Square Health Center April 11, 2006 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is scheduled to sign a health care reform bill April 12 that would make it the first state in the nation to require all its citizens have some form of health insurance.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


The Congressional Budget Office yesterday released its analysis of the Republican plan to replace large parts of the Affordable Care Act, saying that 14 million Americans would lose health coverage next year under it, and 24 million would lose coverage by 2026. Health Secretary Tom Price said he disagreed, quote, "strenuously" with the projections from the nonpartisan budget analysts, calling the report "simply wrong" because it doesn't include the effect of more legislation that the administration wants to pass and regulatory changes it wants to make. The CBO also said the GOP's plan would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade, largely a result of cutting Medicaid and reducing subsidies to help people afford coverage, and while increasing premiums before 2020 compared to Obamacare, they would decrease by an average of 10 percent by 2026.

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