Bernie Sanders doesn’t mince words when it comes to the new CBO report on the AHCA
On Wednesday afternoon, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its newest findings on the American Health Care Act, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was having none of it.
The CBO’s latest report notes that 23 million people would lose health insurance coverage within the next ten years thanks to the bill the U.S. House has already passed.
Sanders summed it up in three words.
The CBO’s March 2017 report on the initial AHCA proposal that said 24 million would lose insurance in the same time frame so, progress?
The CBO found nearly twice as many people would be left uninsured by 2026 as would under the current law, the Affordable Care Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama: "An estimated 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law."
Sanders touted a single-payer health care program during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, the rest of Congress was dividing itself along partisan lines in the wake of the CBO report that noted the federal budget would be reduced by $119 billion, slightly less than the $150 billion reduction the previous bill was projected to bring (the tradeoff is millions of people getting fewer health benefits).
Democrats lambasted the bill once again on social media.
CBO confirms: #Trumpcare would be devastating for people across New Hampshire & America, leading to higher costs for worse health care.
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) May 24, 2017
Would you buy auto insurance if it didn’t cover major accidents? That’s what the AHCA does to health insurance. It’s called fake insurance. https://t.co/Go2W37kvfK
GOP members were more quiet about the bill, but some did weigh in, including two senators who focused more on improving upon the current law than touting the current AHCA bill passed by the House.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, a reproductive rights advocacy group, summed up its impression of the bill’s score with a single gif: