Once Senate Republicans unveiled their Obamacare replacement plan, they have come under a great deal of criticism. It didn’t help when the Congressional Budget Office came out with their appraisal of the Senate GOP plan, especially when they stated that 22 million Americans would lose their health coverage with the next 10 years. Notice that the liberal mainstream media is not adding the qualifier of the ‘next 10 years- when they report on the CBO analysis. All we hear from the media is that 22 million will lose their health care.
Of the 22 million reported by the CBO, about 15 million are those currently receiving coverage under Medicaid. Medicaid was created to help low-income people, children, disabled, elderly in nursing homes and pregnant women.
However, what the CBO report is NOT saying is that Obamacare greatly expanded Medicaid coverage so that millions more would qualify. Additionally, what they are NOT saying is that when Obama expanded Medicaid, the federal government would pay the states 50% of the cost, but over the past several years, many states have complained that they have not been receiving their full 50% federal reimbursement. Most states cannot afford to pick up the additional cost of the expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.
But how trustworthy is the CBO report?
According to one source, who is generally very liberal and Obama supportive:
“When the law originally passed in 2010, it estimated 21 million would gain coverage through them in 2016. Three years later, just before the exchanges opened, the agency upped the figure to 22 million.”
“That didn’t happen. About 10.4 million were actually enrolled last year, according to the Department of Health & Human Services data.”
Not only did the CBO report drastically over-estimate Obamacare coverage, but since Obamacare went into effect, millions more Americans have lost their healthcare coverage.
Obamacare created a series of taxpayer-funded state CO-OPs, designed to help with lower cost healthcare coverage. The Democratic-controlled Congress voted to fund $6 billion of taxpayer money to fund the CO-OPs. By April of 2016 12 of the 23 CO-OPs in 14 states had failed, leaving 740,000 people without coverage.
Then consider how many major healthcare insurance providers have dropped handling Obamacare exchange policies because they were losing millions of dollars on those policies. In September 2016, UnitedHealth Group cut back on their policies, costing nearly 150,000 people their coverage. In 2015, 367,000 people in Texas lost their healthcare coverage as direct result of Obamacare. Another report in 2015 reported that 10 million people were losing their employer provided healthcare, also due to Obamacare regulations.
So just how accurate and reliable is the current CBO report on the latest Senate GOPcare? If it’s anywhere near as accurate as their reports on Obamacare, you can take their report and chuck it in the trash because that’s all it is, liberal propaganda trash and nothing more.