MacArthur continued to defend the legislation, arguing that the status quo would result in an insurance market collapse and cause even more Americans to lose coverage.
Many families who have purchased Affordable Care Act policies have been smacked with skyrocketing premiums and unaffordable deductibles. Are these markets going to be stable? "Today's CBO report shows again that Congress is abdicating its responsibility to pursue healthcare reform that actually makes the majority of Utah families physically and financially more secure".
Over time, it would become more hard for less healthy people (including people with preexisting medical conditions) in those states to purchase insurance because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly. About one-third of Americans live in states that would seek minimal relief from those rules. The cost of maternity care "could increase by thousands of dollars".
It also warned of rising costs for patients should insurance companies be allowed to charge higher rates for those with more serious medical conditions.
The changes that the Republicans made meant that there was an improvement in the number of people with insurance by one million people. It would replace Obama's tax subsidies for health insurance consumers, based mostly on income and premiums, with GOP tax credits geared more to people's ages. About half the U.S. population lives in these states.
Without repayment of the "cost-sharing reductions", insurers would have to raise premiums up to 20 percent next year to make up for the shortfall. People with pre-existing conditions in those states would have difficulty affording coverage, the CBO found.
Democrats criticized what they viewed as the GOP's effort to rush the American Health Care Act through the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month, before it had been properly vetted by the CBO. "It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare", Ryan said.
Senator Lindsey Graham even suggested that lawmakers stop trying to pass a replacement for now, hardly an encouraging sign for GOP leaders. "I don't think [states] are wild about trying to do [that]", he said. Two budget office reports in March on initial versions of the bill projected that 24 million people would lose coverage, and that premiums would rise over the next two years but fall by 2026.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky called the GOP measure, which narrowly passed the House on May 4, a "zombie bill." Rep. The Republicans want to be able to say they repealed Obamacare, created a huge tax cut in this bill for the nation's wealthiest taxpayers, and created enough extra savings to pay for other tax cuts for the wealthy later.
"We have to stop this bill in the Senate", the email reads, hinting at the likely uphill battle the legislation will have in the upper chamber.
"I don't know how we get to 50 [votes] at the moment", Senate leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters news agency on Wednesday.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he was convinced that the negotiations between Senate Republicans were using the House bill as a "framework" because they couldn't do a completely different bill than the House or else House conservatives would not approve the Senate version.
Meets the requirements the for budget reconciliation process. Democrats said Wednesday it is not yet certain if the House bill will clear all those hurdles. Under the AHCA that would jump to between $13,600 and $16,100 per year depending on whether state waivers are exercised. Republican leaders can not lose more than two from their party and still pass a bill if Democrats remain united in opposition, as expected.