Congressional Budget Office: GOP health care plan leaves 23M more uninsured in 2026

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to the media after after a House Republican closed party conference attended by U.S. President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, on March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON– The Congressional Budget Office says the health care bill Republicans pushed through the House this month would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026, compared with former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The nonpartisan office also says that compared with Obama’s 2010 overhaul, average premiums for people buying individual policies would be lower. The report says that is partly because insurance on average would cover less of people’s health care costs.

It was the budget office’s first analysis of the bill that passed the House May 4 with only GOP votes.

Democrats have criticized Republicans for pushing people off coverage. Many Republicans have said their top goal is lowering premiums.

Senate Republicans have been holding closed-door meetings to try writing their own health care overhaul.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) issued this statement:

“The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office analysis confirms that this bill would make health care more expensive and harder to access, particularly for those with pre-existing conditions, children, older Hoosiers and seniors. As I have long said, I believe we need to join together to improve our health care system. I am calling on the Administration to stop undermining and destabilizing the insurance marketplace and work together with us to make health care more affordable.”