The NPR headline reads: "GOP Health Plan Would Leave 23 Million Uninsured." Why doesn't it lead off with the deficit reduction (see the headline) and the point that many who will be uninsured don't want to have insurance anyway?
Our headline is designed to deliver the Republican message on the bill. Republicans are selling Obamacare repeal on two ideas:
1. Deficit reduction; and
2. Premium reduction.
The GOP machine will beat this drum over and over again. However, there is an elephant in the room. People with preexisting conditions may be left out in the cold. You will not hear much from the GOP on this point.
The GOP has been in a rush to repeal and replace, hanging their hats on the negative connotation they gave the ACA by calling it Obamacare.
Our point is none of us should support an Obamacare repeal just because of a name. Polling shows if you change the name to the ACA (or The Affordable Care Act) then support for healthcare legislation increases...
For politicians, it is all about spin and labels.
Here are some facts about the uninsured rate:
A smaller deficit, but a far higher uninsured rate
The $119 billion deficit reduction represents a decline from previous versions. When the CBO first scored the AHCA, it said the plan would save $337 billion over 10 years. Later revisions reduced those savings to $150 billion.
By far the biggest savings would come from Medicaid, which serves low-income Americans. That program would face $884 billion in cuts. Cutbacks in subsidies for individual health insurance would likewise help cut $276 billion. But those are offset in large part by bigger costs, including the repeal of many of Obamacare's taxes.
Those tax cuts would overwhelmingly benefit the highest-income Americans, the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank, reported on Wednesday.
The increase in the number of uninsured is also slightly lower than in the CBO's initial estimate. That report estimated that 24 million fewer would be insured in 2026 if this bill were to become law, putting the uninsured rate at around 18.6 percent. This revised bill would reduce that by around 1 million — a difference of less than half a percentage point.
In contrast, the uninsured rate in 2026 would be around 10 percent under Obamacare, the CBO reports. Click here to read more facts from NPR