House Republicans say that the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score for their Obamacare repeal bill does not reflect actual benefits of the measure, and insists that it has taken health reform to the right direction.
Earlier this month, the House GOP decided to pass the legislation, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), without a CBO score after weeks of negotiations and a failed attempt to pass the bill.
Republicans in the House and the Senate are hoping to repeal Obamacare, known as the Affordable Care Act, through a reconciliation process, which allows them to pass the health care reforms through a simple majority in the upper chamber.
The CBO report shows a slight decline in the number of people who will lose insurance and a lower deficit of $119 billion — down by $32 billion than the initial report — over a 10-year period.
Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker downplayed the value of the CBO’s projection and thinks the legislation is “trending the right direction.” He’s also hopeful the Senate will continue to improve upon the AHCA.
The Daily Caller reports:
“The CBO report doesn’t tell the whole story when it comes to the benefits of this bill, but we’re one step closer to keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, which continues to fail,” she said in a statement.
While critics argue the bill could have a negative impact on individuals with pre-existing conditions, Walker said they took strides to ensure they would be covered.
“Well, I think that’s where our piece of legislation kicks in, to override that,” he said. “The only thing that we’ve allowed in the legislation is after 63 days of non-coverage the insurance companies can charge a one-time 30 percent — one year I should say — increases in the premiums, but you cannot deny coverage with preexisting conditions nor can you price gouge.“