The Juicy Bits of the CBO Report for People with Diabetes
We’ve highlighted three passages from the report, which appraises the Senate bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Today, you are probably seeing a slew of headlines that include the words “CBO score”. That’s because the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its report on the impact of the Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill in question, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, is the Senate’s version of the Affordable Health Care Act, which the House of Representatives passed in May. The Senate has been expected to vote on its health care bill this week.
Read more: What the CBO Grade of the AHCA means for people with diabetes.
After a CBO score is released, it becomes the prize in a tug of war of spin between politicians for and against the bill being graded. We thought it might be helpful to focus on what the CBO report actually says, and so we’ve pulled out three passages that might be particularly important to people with diabetes.
Passage #1 – “CBO and JCT* estimate that, in 2018, 15 million more people would be uninsured under this legislation than under current law—primarily because the penalty for not having insurance would be eliminated. The increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number projected under current law would reach 19 million in 2020 and 22 million in 2026. In later years, other changes in the legislation—lower spending on Medicaid and substantially smaller average subsidies for coverage in the nongroup market—would also lead to increa Continue reading