Along with 216 of his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives, Congressman Goodlatte voted on May 4 to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act.
Not only that; he was “proud to support” the AHCA without waiting for an analysis of the bill from the Congressional Budget Office.
That analysis was released Wednesday, and now we know what Goodlatte is proud to support.
According to the CBO, the AHCA would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured within a decade.
It would substantially increase premiums for older Americans.
And it would reduce the deficit even less than an earlier version of the legislation.
The good news, if you’re extremely rich, is that the AHCA would provide you with a big cut in your taxes.
Goodlatte’s constituents may want to ask the congressman exactly what the source of his pride is.
Update: According to Sarah Kliff at Vox, the CBO report is “a complete rebuke of Republicans’ claim that the bill they voted for will protect Americans with preexisting conditions.” She cites an “especially devastating” paragraph from the report:
People who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all — despite the additional funding that would be available under H.R. 1628 to help reduce premiums. As a result, the nongroup markets in those states would become unstable for people with higher-than-average expected health care costs.