Politics White House analysis of health bill seeks to discredit CBO

23:00  12 july  2017
23:00  12 july  2017 Source:   The Hill

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The CEA analysis is part of a larger campaign by the White House to discredit the official congressional scorekeeping agency. A new bill is expected to be released Thursday, and a new CBO analysis could come as early as Monday.

The White House has made efforts to discredit the forecasts from the nonpartisan CBO . Story Continued Below. White House officials late Monday night disputed that the document is an analysis of the bill ’s coverage effects.

White House analysis of health bill seeks to discredit CBO© Provided by The Hill White House analysis of health bill seeks to discredit CBO The White House on Wednesday released its own internal analysis of the Senate's ObamaCare repeal and replace bill in an attempt to push back against the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) findings.

In a statement, the White House said the CBO estimates about the Better Care Reconciliation Act's (BCRA) Medicaid impact "should be discounted because of the large errors made by the agency in estimating the toll of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)."

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The analysis by the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) could provide cover for congressional Republicans who may be hesitant to vote for a bill that CBO said would cut $772 billion from Medicaid and result in 22 million people losing their insurance coverage.

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The statement from the White House emphasizes the CEA finding that spending would increase over the next decade relative to current level. The statement also echoed a common GOP talking point that the Senate legislation doesn't actually cut Medicaid.

"While the media has reported that the BCRA makes significant Medicaid 'cuts,' the BCRA results in at least $265 billion more federal Medicaid spending between 2018 and 2026, relative to 2017 levels of spending," the White House said.

However, the White House analysis found that all the Medicaid changes in the legislation could result in $772 billion in savings over the next ten years- the same amount as CBO estimated.

The CEA analysis is part of a larger campaign by the White House to discredit the official congressional scorekeeping agency. The administration also released a video, accusing the CBO of using "faulty assumptions and bad numbers" to create scores for the House and Senate GOP ObamaCare repeal and replace bills.

The White House push comes as at least 10 GOP senators have publicly voiced opposition to the current version of the healthcare legislation. Leadership had wanted to vote in late June but had to delay the measure because of resistance from both moderates and conservatives.

A new bill is expected to be released Thursday, and a new CBO analysis could come as early as Monday.


CBO scores modified version of Senate GOP's repeal and replace plan .
This score differs from a cost estimate CBO released Wednesday, which analyzed plan to repeal 2010 health care law now and replace it later . Here's what the CBO said about earlier versions of the Senate bill:Repeal only (CBO estimate: July 19): That estimate projected that 32 million more people would become uninsured over the next decade. It also said that 17 million more people would become uninsured next year, compared to current law.Version 1 of BRCA (CBO estimate, June 26): The original version of BCRA would have left 22 million more people uninsured over the next 10 years.

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