This is what repeal looks like
January 17, 2017 5 Comments
CBO report out today. Drum’s summary of the key points is good and succinct:
Senate Democrats asked for an estimate of what would happen if Obamacare were repealed. Here’s the CBO’s answer:
- 18 million people would lose insurance. By 2026, that would increase to 32 million.
- Premiums in the individual market would skyrocket, increasing 20-25 percent in the first year and about 50 percent by 2026.
- Insurers would exit the individual market en masse. About half the nation’s population would live in areas with no individual insurers at all, rising to three-quarters by 2026.
That is inconvenient, isn’t it? This is what happens if you eliminate Obamacare but keep in place the ban on pre-existing conditions—which Republicans all say they support and which they can’t repeal anyway. Premiums would skyrocket, 32 million people would lose coverage, and insurers would abandon about three-quarters of the country.
This is what Republicans need to address with their “replace” plan. But they can’t do it and they know it.
How long before the Republicans just try to banish the CBO and replace it with the CRU (Congressional Unicorns and Rainbows) which would make their plans work out okay?
Democrats need to hammer and hammer and hammer on these facts above. And hammer some more.