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Republican health reform bill would increase uninsured by 24 million in a decade, report finds

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1315 (Published 14 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1315
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Should the current Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act become law this year, 24 million more American people will be without health insurance by 2026 than would have been if the Affordable Care Act remained in place, an analysis has found.

The conclusion of the independent US Congressional Budget Office (CBO)1 is likely to stiffen opposition to the Republican bill, called the American Health Care Act. The act has already drawn criticism from most major US health organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, and faces fierce opposition from Democrats.

“These are remarkable figures,” Nancy Pelosi, democratic leader of the House of Representatives, said after the …

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