Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

Nearly as soon as the Congressional Budget Office released its hotly awaited analysis of the Senate GOP healthcare bill, the media pounced on the CBO's projection that 15 million fewer Americans would have health insurance in 2018 and 22 million in 2026 if the measure became law. But in light of the Congressional Budget Office's estimate that 22 million more Americans will lose coverage under the Senate plan than under Obamacare, it seems unlikely that he can reach 50 votes.

The number of uninsured Americans is close to the CBO's projections for the House's health bill, which Republicans assured would be moderated in the senate. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it. The dismal CBO score could foil Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to rush the sweeping legislation to the floor before July 4.

But in another blow to the bill, the American Medical Association (AMA), the country's largest association of physicians, announced Monday that it opposed the legislation.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "score" of Senate Republican's health care overhaul is bad news for the legislation's supporters, but not as bad as it could be.

The original Senate bill had dropped the Obamacare penalty on those who do not have insurance.

The six-month "lockout" is aimed at nudging people into maintaining insurance at all times.

Republicans are still smarting from the brutal fight that led to the narrow passage of the House of Representatives' version of the health care bill in May, which is seemingly why McConnell and his allies have attempted to push their bill through as quickly and quietly as possible.

As Democrats have united in opposition to the draft, Republican leaders have struggled to rally enough support from within their ranks to get the bill over the line. "Americans are not only overwhelmingly opposed to the current reform proposals, but they are opposed to numerous major provisions on which they are built", he said. They said it did not go far enough to dismantle "Obamacare", and Johnson also complained of a rushed process. For one faction, including Rand Paul of Kentucky, the bill doesn't eliminate "Obamacare" features with sufficient rigor, but for other Republicans, such as Nevada's Dean Heller, the problem is that the elimination of Affordable Care Act provisions, especially Medicaid expansion funding, is too harsh. "CBO's report today makes clear that this bill is every bit as 'mean as the House bill", Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, told reporters.

As he did during the House negotiations, Trump has personally pushed for a Senate bill, calling fellow Republicans to mobilize support.

If the Senate approves its repeal version, either the House would have to pass the same bill or reconcile its version with the Senate's before Trump could sign it into law.

Collins is one of several senators who initially expressed skepticism about the hastily drawn legislation, which was crafted largely behind closed doors by Republican leaders.

Vice President Mike Pence invited four GOP senators to dinner Tuesday to discuss the bill, his office said: Lee and Sens.

There, the bill faces a procedural step called a "Motion to Proceed" that allows the Senate to begin debate on the legislation.

Health insurance companies have expressed concern about the bill's plan to cut Medicaid and the impact on state governments as well as the prospect of losing Obamacare's mandate on individuals to buy insurance without creating alternative incentives for people to stay in their plans.

Unlike the House's version of the bill, which switched to a flat, age-based premium subsidy, the Senate's version sticks closer to current law with subsidies based on income, age and geography.