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7. 24 Million More Would Be Uninsured Under GOP Replacement Plan By 2026

The highly anticipated Congressional Budget Office analysis of the American Health Care Act projects grim coverage numbers for the Republicans' bill.

The Associated Press: What The Budget Analysts Say About GOP Health Care Bill
Fourteen million more people would be uninsured next year, mostly 6 million who wouldn't get coverage on the individual market and 5 million fewer under Medicaid. The number of uninsured would rise to 24 million in 2026. Much of the increase would be from changes in Medicaid enrollment as states end Obama's expansions of eligibility. (3/14)

NPR: GOP Health Care Bill Could Leave 24M More Without Coverage By 2026, CBO Says
In addition, CBO estimates that the Republican bill would reduce the number of employers offering health insurance, in part because it repeals the employer mandate to provide insurance. The CBO also notes that the GOP plan's tax credits (available only to people who aren't offered insurance at their jobs) would be available to more people than under Obamacare. (Kurtzleben, 3/13)

Bloomberg: GOP Obamacare Plan Takes Hit With CBO's Dire Estimates
The 2018 portrait is particularly awkward. About 14 million more people would be uninsured next year under House Speaker Paul Ryan’s health plan compared to Obamacare. Although the CBO said the measure would eventually reduce the deficit, the cost figures would still be rising through 2018, while premiums would also still be going up. (Edney, Tracer and Wasson, 3/13)