Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office’s latest Trumpcare score:
“The latest readout from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms what we already knew: Trumpcare will devastate American families.
“According to this new analysis, 23 million Americans will go uninsured because of Trumpcare. The bill ransacks Medicaid, radically restructuring it in a way that will force states to ration care. Out-of-pocket costs will skyrocket. In short – Americans will pay more, and get less.
“The report also confirms how dangerous Trumpcare will be for Americans living with pre-existing conditions – a fact the GOP has tried to conceal. CBO finds that, in states that opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s protections, ‘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.’
“The gravity of this report underscores just how irresponsible my Republican colleagues were to vote on Trumpcare without knowing the extent of its effects. These are not minor issues that can be tweaked. I implore my Senate colleagues to end their senseless crusade against the Affordable Care Act, and to save hardworking Americans from the damage Trumpcare will cause.”