More Latinos among 6 million now not covered by changes to Affordable Care Act
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has reworked the numbers of how much the Affordable Care Act (referred insultingly among critics as Obamacare) is going to cost U.S. taxpayers. The good news: it will cost $84 billion less than previously expected, because of the recent Supreme Court decision that said states don’t have to expand Medicaid.
The bad news: 3 million more people won’t be covered.
The CBO even went a step further to calculate the costs of House Republicans‘ actions to repeal the Affordable Care Act — it would increase the deficit by $109 billion over 10 years.
While nobody likes to see the deficit increase, there should be greater outrage over seeing our healthcare system be used as a weapon of class. According to the new report:
“CBO and [the Joint Tax Committee] now estimate that fewer people will be covered by the Medicaid program, more people will obtain health insurance through the newly established exchanges, and more people will be uninsured,” CBO wrote. “In 2022, for example, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are expected to cover about 6 million fewer people than previously estimated, about 3 million more people will be enrolled in exchanges, and about 3 million more people will be uninsured.”
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