Bombshell: White House finds 26m will lose coverage under TrumpCare

Politico has gotten its hands on a copy of an internal White House study of the Republican “Repeal and Replace” health care plan.

According to the White House analysis, 26 million people will lose coverage under TrumpCare.

That compares to the 24 million estimate from the Congressional Budget Office.

The White House and Republicans in Congress dismissed the CBO estimate as unreliable, when in fact, CBO’s estimate lines up pretty closely with the White House’s own estimate.

More from the White House document:

  • 17 million will lose Medicaid coverage;
  • 6 million will lose coverage on the individual market; and
  • A remarkable 3 million will lose coverage in employer-based plans.

This is a disaster for both Trump and the Republicans in Congress. TrumpCare/RyanCare was already on life support. Republicans in Congress have been abandoning the plan, either because they found it too conservative or too liberal. But now with the White House’s own assessment finding that 26 million people will lose coverage, including people in employer-based plans, it’s unclear what Republicans will do now.

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  • Kenster999

    Of course, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Health care reform really ought to be called what it is: a huge tax cut for the 1% (or 0.1%?). Since so much revenue is being cut, it’s only natural that dramatically less money is available for benefits, thus the huge drop in coverage.

    I would love to see an analysis of the various permutations of reform that the Republicans offered over the years since the ACA was passed. I suspect that every other part changed somewhat, but the tax cut was always in there. That’s really the heart of it.

    TrumpCare is a tax-cut/benefits-cut.

  • ComradeRutherford

    AKA: Trumpcare!

  • brel1

    oops wrong initials on that: meant Affordable Heathcare Act

  • Demosthenes

    Does 26 million losing health insurance instead of “merely” 24 million make the TrumpNoCare bill better or worse for the Trump GOP? Do they care?

  • Demosthenes

    I would gain significant tax advantages from TrumpNoCare’s passage. However, as a patriotic American I prefer millions of my countrymen be healthier and covered with insurance than a few extra bucks in my pocket. Many are like me. Remember Clinton’s popular vote victory included many like me.

  • brel1

    Here’s an idea: all the non-greedy rich people could march on Washington to protest their tax cuts and the repeal of the AHCA that would hurt poor and middle class people who need health insurance.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Trump and Ryan are quite disappointed. They were hoping the number would be closer to 50 million losing coverage. That should put even more money into the pockets of the top .1%.

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