Repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, while leaving other parts in place, would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year, according to a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
As The New York Times reports, the office’s report notes that a repeal could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million in 10 years, while causing individual insurance premiums to double over that time.
The budget office analyzed the probable effects of a Republican bill repealing the law like the one approved in Congress, but vetoed early last year by President Barack Obama.
The CBO report, released after a weekend of protests against repeal, will only add to the headaches that President-elect Donald J. Trump and congressional Republicans face in their rush to gut Obama’s signature law as they try to replace it with a health insurance law more to their liking.
Republicans cautioned that the report painted only part of the picture—the impact of a fast repeal without the Republican replacement. They said the numbers in the report represented a one-sided hypothetical scenario.