GOP senators say tough report complicates health care bill

The agency reports that the bill could destabilize individual insurance markets in some states, leaving unhealthy Americans unable to buy insurance.

He finished by saying that, "In the end, we've got to make sure there's enough funding out there to handle pre-existing conditions and drive down premiums".

The CBO found in a damning report that the American Health Care Act passed by the House earlier this month would lead to 23 million more uninsured people over a decade compared to Obamacare, and would lead to drastically higher costs for sick people in states that waive pre-existing condition protections.

"The CBO was famously wrong when they said that Obamacare would cost $800 billion when, in reality, it turned out to cost $2 trillion", Hollingsworth said in an emailed statement. For GOP senators holding private meetings to sketch out their own legislation, its figures will be a starting point as they consider changing the House's Medicaid cuts, tax credits and other policies.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke for several minutes on the Senate floor without even mentioning the analysis. He said Obama's law is "not going to just magically, magically somehow get better" and said Democrats were trying to "blame someone other than themselves for the failures of Obamacare" by not working with the GOP.

The Democratic Party in Kentucky will likely use Republican yes votes as ammunition during the next campaign season. "Senator Young has been working with both Republicans and Democrats to find a suitable replacement for Obamacare, which has failed Hoosiers and will soon collapse under its own weight", Young's IN communications director, Jay Kenworthy, said IN a statement. "Second, this is a bill that badly undermines health care for millions of Americans and Pennsylvanians. third, . the Senate must seek a full CBO analysis so that it does not pass a bill that harms far more people than it helps".

The Republican bill allows states to apply for a waiver from essential benefit coverage, leaving the state to determine benefit levels.

The budget office projected that premiums in those states would be lower for healthy people than under current law because their coverage would be narrower, but did not estimate an amount. It would, however, result in the deficit falling $119 billion between 2017 and 2026.

The revised bill also didn't score as well when it came to balancing the federal government's books. It would raise premiums for sick people, allow insurers to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions, gut Medicaid, and slash Social Security funding.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took issue with the CBO's estimate for how many people will live in states taking the waivers under the GOP plan.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reports that there are more than 34 million non-elderly people of color in the United States who depend on Medicaid for their health care.

That report estimated that 24 million fewer would be insured in 2026 if this bill were to become law, putting the uninsured rate at around 18.6 percent.

Durbin talked about the report on "The Big John and Ray Show" on WLS.

Benefits likely to be excluded from required coverage in some states would include maternity, mental health and substance abuse services, the report said.

Average premiums would be lower than under current law because a younger and healthier population would be purchasing the insurance and because large changes to the EHB requirements would cause plans to cover a smaller percentage of expected health-care costs.

In states that obtained both of those waivers, it would mean lower premiums for people buying individual insurance.

That's prompted increased talk of possibly breaking out a less ambitious bill aimed at keeping insurance markets stable over the next two years, Republicans say.