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Republican replacement bill for Obamacare introduced March 6, 2017, failed, reintroduced with changes 5/1/17 and passed in the House 5/4/17.

CBO’s Health-Law Report Sets Up Fight Among Senate GOP

from The Wall Street Journal,

CBO estimate says House GOP Health bill would lower premiums, add 23 Million Uninsured and cut $119 Billion in deficit through 2026.

The health-overhaul bill approved by House Republicans would leave 23 million more people uninsured while reducing the cumulative federal deficit by $119 billion in the next decade compared with current law, according to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. The report by the nonpartisan CBO is likely to roil the current Senate talks over its version of the bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act. The findings provide ammunition for the two competing factions that Senate Republican leaders need to pull together to pass a bill. Centrist Republicans, concerned about the number of uninsured, hope to make the House bill less far-reaching, while conservatives want to double down on measures the CBO suggests will lower premiums on average.

The latest report doesn’t differ significantly from the CBO’s analysis of an earlier version of the House bill, which estimated 24 million fewer people would be insured through 2026 than under the current health law. Democrats said it confirmed that the GOP health push would harm millions of Americans. Some Senate Republicans say privately that their efforts to forge an agreement that can attract at least 50 votes faces a tough road. A working group of 13 Republican senators is pushing to come up with a proposal by Congress’s August recess, and if they don’t make progress in coming months, that could forecast trouble.

In the meantime, lawmakers are likely to get pushback from voters at home during next week’s recess, as they did following the CBO’s last report. “Regardless of any CBO score, it’s no secret Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight,” Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.) said. “Doing nothing is not an option.”

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