‘Repeal only’ Bill Would Leave 32mn More Uninsured, Congressional Budget Office Says

A legislation that would dismantle large parts of ObamaCare without an immediate replacement would leave 32 million more people uninsured and double premiums over a decade, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report Wednesday, Politico reads.

The bill, an update of the repeal measure nearly all GOP senators voted for in 2015, is on track to reach the Senate floor early next week, where it likely would fail.

Republican leaders pledged to put the bill to a vote after their initial effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare fell apart in stunning fashion, though a number of holdout lawmakers are meeting later tonight to try to salvage the effort.

If that fails, CBO’s analysis offers a stark look at the GOP’s remaining option for following through on their seven-year vow to repeal ObamaCare.

The nonpartisan scorekeeper’s report projects that 17 million people would lose insurance in the first year after a partial repeal that includes ending ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and repealing most of the taxes tied to the law.

Premiums would jump 25 percent over that same period as insurers grapple with the effective elimination of ObamaCare’s requirement that everyone purchase coverage. The bill would slash the deficit by $473 billion over a decade, the agency said.

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