The AHCA debate is missing crucial healthcare costs

By Noelle Sullivan, PhD

The verdict is out. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the American Health Care Act would lower premiums and reduce the deficit by $119 billion over the next 10 years. It would also leave 23 million people in the United States uninsured by 2026. 

The CBO report paints a bleak picture in terms of healthcare access for half of the country if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in its current form was made law: higher deductibles, and less coverage. This is particularly perilous for those with pre-existing conditions, or for mental health, substance abuse, maternity and rehabilitation coverage. 

Whether or not you like the AHCA really depends on what you prioritize. And certainly, the rhetoric circulating in the wake of the CBO report has been all but predictable, on both sides.

From The Hill