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The White House blasted the CBO's health care analysis. Its own numbers may be worse.by Circa News
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Since the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the American Health Care Act, the White House has repeatedly blasted its claim that 24 million Americans will lose insurance.

But according to the White House's internal analysis, even more people might lose insurance, Politico reports

An internal analysis projected that 26 million people would lose insurance under the Republican Party health care plan, which President Trump has endorsed, over the next decade. 

The White House said that wasn't an official analysis, but an attempt to guess what the CBO would say about the health care plan.

"This is [the Office of Management and Budget] trying to project what CBO's score will be using CBO's methodology," Michael Dubke, White House Communications Director, said.

Under the White House analysis, 17 million people would lose coverage under Medicaid, compared to 6 million in the individual market and 3 million under employer-based plans.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), one of the architects of the bill, defended the CBO's 24 million number, saying it was due to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's mandate to get health insurance.

"If you're looking to the CBO for accuracy, you're looking in the wrong place."

Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary

Many Republicans, including Ryan, have criticized the CBO, saying its missed forecast under the Affordable Care Act weakens its credibility.

"We disagree strenuously with the report that was put out," Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told reporters Wednesday. "It's just not believable."

"I'm afraid that if they vote for this bill, they're going to pout he House majority at risk next year."

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)

The bill has been widely criticized by Democrats and even some Republicans, who it won't pass Congress.

Parts of the country that supported Trump the most in the election could be hurt the most by the bill's reduction in tax credits, according to a Washington Post analysis

But proponents of the bill argue the focus on the number of people insured is misguided, since reduced regulations will drive down prices and allow more people to get insured. The bill also reduces the federal deficit.

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