On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office came out with their analysis on the Republican-backed Trumpcare bill. As expected, their report confirmed the reality that this bill essentially does nothing more than increase premiums, gut Medicaid, strip health care away from millions, and mostly benefit the wealthiest among us.
While there are many terrible aspects to this bill, without a doubt, the most talked about was the fact that 24 million Americans will be thrown off their insurance by 2026. Estimates are, by 2026, 52 million Americans won’t have health insurance, nearly twice as many as the 28 million the CBO estimates would lack coverage under the current law.
That’s a big deal.
To put that into perspective, on Monday evening, Rachel Maddow perfectly painted a picture of how many people this would affect.
“If you’re trying to get your head around 24 million Americans,” Maddow said, “How many people that is, it is roughly, this is slightly understating the case, but it is roughly the population of all of these states combined.”
“24 million people is the entire population of Vermont, Alabama, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island, Nebraska, New Mexico, Kansas and Wyoming combined… and then some,” she continued. “That’s the number of Americans who would get thrown off their health insurance if this Republican thing passes to get rid of Obamacare.”
Another way she could have put it was that 24 million people is nearly the entire state of Texas (our nation’s second most-populated state).
But the 24 million number isn’t even the whole story. That’s how many more people will be uninsured compared to the estimates under our current law, the Affordable Care Act. In total, under Trumpcare, by 2026, the CBO estimates 52 million Americans won’t have health insurance.
In less than a decade, the number of people without health insurance in this country would nearly equal the populations of both California and New York (57 million combined — 2 of our 3 most-populated states).
In other words, by 2026, this country will have done absolutely nothing to improve our health care system. In fact, we’ll have gone backwards from where we are right now. Oh, and premiums are going to keep increasing. So, for those Americans with insurance, most will be paying more than they are now — especially the poorest and oldest among us.
This is an atrocity.
We’re looking at a “health care plan” that doesn’t make coverage better, drastically reduces the number of Americans who’ll have insurance, guts Medicaid, and is going to increase premiums. In what twisted alternative reality does “fixing health care” include a bill that makes the situation a hell of a lot worse?
The fact that Republicans are even trying to sell this as “better than Obamacare” proves they know how gullible their supporters are. I don’t agree with the far-right often, but they’re absolutely correct when they refer to Trumpcare as “Obamacare Lite” — because that’s basically what this is. Republicans took a flawed health care law, stripped it down, and managed to make it worse for practically everyone.
I hope the perspective Maddow used on Monday might open some eyes to what an absolute disaster Trumpcare would be for millions of Americans.
Watch the video below via MSNBC: