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Obamacare repeal could leave 32 million uninsured and double premiums, report finds

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 18 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j310
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

A Republican bill repealing portions of the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without insurance in the US by 18 million and increase premiums for individual health insurance policies by as much as 25% in the first year of its enactment, a study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concludes.1

In subsequent years, as provisions of the bill came into effect eliminating the law’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility and subsidies for insurance purchased on health insurance exchanges, the number of people without insurance would rise to 27 million and eventually reach 32 million by 2026, the report said. Premiums for individual plans would also climb, rising …

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