White House analyzes AHCA: 5 things to know

As lawmakers and key healthcare players awaited the Congressional Budget Office score released Monday for the House Republicans' American Health Care Act, the White House conducted its own preliminary analysis of the ACA replacement plan, Politico reports.

Here are five things to know.

1. The analysis from the Office of Management and Budget was obtained by Politico.

2. OMB estimated 26 million fewer people would have insurance coverage by 2026, according to the report. The CBO's estimate was 24 million.

3. Of the 26 million, 17 million would lose Medicaid coverage, 6 million would lose individual market coverage and 3 million would no longer have coverage through their employer-based plans, reports Politico, citing the White House analysis.

4. The OMB analysis also found 54 million individuals would not have coverage in 2026 under the AHCA, according to the report.

5. Although OMB completed the analysis, the White House contends the office did not examine coverage effects under the AHCA, but rather provided a preliminary forecast to the CBO's score, reports Politico.

"This is not an analysis of the bill in any way whatsoever," White House Communications Director Michael Dubke told the publication. "This is OMB trying to project what CBO's score will be using CBO's methodology."

For more on this story, see Paul Demko's full report here.


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