Wonkbook: Repealing Obamacare will be ugly, but at least the GOP made the math add up

Sponsored by SEIU | By Max Ehrenfreund Republicans had cause for consternation Monday when Congress’s budget referee scored their proposed health-care overhaul. Fourteen million fewer Americans would have health insurance next year if the plan were enacted, according to the analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, and that figure would swell to 24 million within a decade. A typical working-class 64-year-old …
 
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President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, shakes hands with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017,  prior to speaking at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)President Trump, accompanied by Vice President Pence, shakes hands with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) By Max Ehrenfreund Republicans had cause for consternation Monday when Congress’s budget referee scored their proposed health-care overhaul. Fourteen million fewer Americans would have health insurance next year if the plan were enacted, according to the analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, and that figure would swell to 24 million within a decade. A typical working-class 64-year-old who makes $26,500 annually would pay nearly $13,000 more in premiums every year. But while the report could set back Republicans’ efforts to sell their bill to the public, it did make it easier for them to move their measure through the Senate. That’s because analysts projected that the bill would not increase federal borrowing in the long term — an official deficit-reduction forecast makes it easier for the legislation pass through the Senate without a filibuster from Democrats. Read the rest on Wonkblog.

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