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CBO estimates 22 million more uninsured by 2026 under Senate health plan

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the number of Americans without health insurance will spike by 15 million next year, on its way to 22 million by 2026.The Senate version of the healthcare bill does have fewer uninsured people than the House of Representatives-passed version of the Obamacare repeal and replace legislation.The largest savings in the Senate bill would come from reducing federal spending on Medicaid, which would decline by 26% by 2026, compared to current law.Unfortunately for Senate Republicans, those are three things that, politically, make it hard for them to sell the bill back home – and it could derail the entire process. “We believe that Congress should be working to increase the number of Americans with access to quality, affordable health insurance instead of pursuing policies that have the opposite effect”. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won’t do it.Senator Bill Cassidy told CNN’s Jim Sciutto this afternoon that the CBO score released this afternoon on the Senate health care bill makes him “more concerned”.Republicans are challenging McConnell … or playing into his plan. Last week, she told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd she could not “support a bill that is going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance”.The statement went on to say that the CBO’s “history of inaccuracy, as demonstrated by its flawed report on coverage, premiums, and predicted deficit arising out of Obamacare, reminds us that its analysis must not be trusted blindly”.Under the Senate’s arcane reconciliation rules, which enables the majority party to pass legislation on a partisan basis without the threat of a filibuster, the budget legislation must reduce federal deficits and be devoid of “extraneous matter”.When it comes to the Senate health care bill, count Susan Collins out. That’s a awful way to go about remaking a nation’s health care system, and it can’t stand. They can afford to lose only two votes, but at least six Republicans – including Collins – have now announced that they cannot support the plan as drafted, and others have expressed concerns.The highly anticipated score answers key questions about the impact of the Senate’s controversial legislation made public last Thursday.