Washington - The US Republicans' plan to implement the previous government's health reform would cost millions of citizens health insurance: If the project is implemented as planned, the number of uninsured US citizens would rise by 14 million in the coming year, According to report by the independent Congressional Court of Auditors (CBO) presented in Washington on Monday.
The budget experts also presented model calculation of the effects of the abolition of Obamacare by 2026. By then, 24 million more US citizens would be uninsured than would be the case if former US President Barack Obama's health care reforms were retained. In 2026, without Obamacare, total of 52 million citizens would be uninsured, with Obamacare the number would be 28 million.
In the next ten years, 26 million people would lose their insurance
One of their own Analysis by the government even expects that within decade 26 million people will lose their insurance, as the online magazine Politico reported, citing document from the White House.
The reform planned by the Republicans would have positive effects on the state budget, calculated the non-partisan CBO. If the reform were passed, the budget deficit would be $ 337 billion ( 316 billion) lower over the next ten years than if Obamacare were not withdrawn. Health Minister Tom Price "vigorously" rejected the Court of Auditors' analysis. This paints an incomplete picture of the plan, which also includes further deregulation of the insurance market and the right to buy insurance in another state.
Republicans want to abolish universal compulsory insurance
The focus The republican plan is the abolition of general compulsory insurance. Penalties for citizens without health insurance are to be abolished. At the same time, direct government grants are to be cut. However, insurance is to be promoted through tax credits of between $ 2,000 and 14,000 per year .
With the new Model, the free market should come back into play much more strongly than before. Republicans hope this will bring about general reduction in health care costs. Obamacare has to contend with high costs - sharp increase in insurance premiums is therefore predicted for 2017.
The number of uninsured citizens would also increase if Obama's reform were carried out, because many people would because of the elimination of compulsory insurance would do without health insurance, wrote the experts at the Court of Audit.
"'Trumpcare' would be nightmare for the American people," criticized the Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer. Together with the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, he called for the reform plans to be withdrawn.
On the other hand, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, painted positive picture of the plans: "We want them Don't force people to buy an expensive all-inclusive package. People should have more choice and get what they want and can afford. ”
Although Republicans have majority in the House and Senate, Replacing Obamacare with the new model is not sure-fire success, as the Republicans are divided on this issue. In the Senate in particular, the Republican majority is tight with 52 to 48 seats. In any case, long and hard arguments are imminent. The opposition Democrats en already announced their massive resistance.