The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) just released their score of the "new" AHCA, the GOP health care plan (a.k.a. zombie Wealthcare), and things are NOT looking up. In fact, to no liberal's surprise, the second GOP plan is not an improvement over their first plan.
CBO SCORE OF AHCA2
Previously, the CBO estimated the first version of the AHCA would leave 24 million MORE uninsured by 2026. Now, the CBO reports that AHCA2 will leave 23 million more Americans uninsured. Further, out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles, “would tend to be higher” under the GOP plan than under ObamaCare because of looser requirements on insurers. Not much of an improvement; and not to mention the irony of it all, because the GOp criticizes Obamacare for high deductibles.
And the new bill contains changes included to appease the Freedom Caucus - or the freakishly, even more conservative Republicans in the House. These changes include a temporary freeze on funding to Planned Parenthood (see our shout out to PP here).
"This CBO report again confirms that the American Health Care Act achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit... It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare."
- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R - WI)
Now, the Senate has to vote on the bill. Unfortunately, to avoid a filibuster by Democrats, Senate Republicans plan to take the bill up under budget reconciliation rules — which only require a majority vote but mean the legislation cannot increase the federal deficit within a 10-year window. The Republicans have been working for weeks on their own health-care bill and emphasize that they do not intend to simply follow the House’s lead. (From the Washington Post).
Really the best thing to do here is to call, call, call your Senators. Especially if they are Republican. Especially if they are empathetic to coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Find how to reach them here. Send faxes. Send letters. Send stories. Send owls.