Health Law’s Repeal Could Sharply Increase Uninsured and Costs in Long Run, New Report Says

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The offices of Sunshine Health and Life Advisors inside the Mall of the Americas in Miami. The company’s customers are worried about changes to the Afforddable Care Act promised by President-elect Donald Trump. Credit Angel Valentin for The New York Times

Reprinted from The New York Times by Robert Pear on January 17, 2017.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, while leaving other parts in place, would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year and could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million in 10 years, while causing insurance premiums to double over that time.

The budget office analyzed the probable effects of a Republican repeal bill like the one approved in Congress but vetoed early last year by President Obama.

The C.B.O. report, released after a weekend of protests against repeal, will only add to the headaches that President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans face in their rush to gut President Obama’s signature domestic achievement and try to replace it with a health law more to their liking. …

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