WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today reiterated his concerns with the House healthcare plan after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its latest estimate on the number of people who will be left without health insurance under the American Health Care Act. According to the CBO, the House bill would cause premiums to go up an average of about 20 percent next year and increase the number of uninsured to 23 million by 2026. The CBO also found the bill would cause costs to rise so dramatically for people with pre-existing conditions that they would be unable to purchase individual insurance plans.

“Anyone with common sense knows that paying more for less is a bad deal,” said Brown. “The House bill will drive up costs, kick Ohioans off their insurance, and leave folks who have asthma or cancer unable to even purchase a plan. I agree with Governor Kasich: we cannot allow Washington politicians with taxpayer-funded health insurance to rip coverage away from Ohioans who are battling cancer, getting regular checkups for the first time or finally getting treatment for their opioid addiction. Instead of moving forward with this bill, we need to work together to reduce costs and improve care for those we serve.”

Key quotes from the Congressional Budget Office:

  • “H.R. 1628, as passed by the House, would tend to increase such premiums before 2020, relative to those under current law—by an average of about 20 percent in 2018 and 5 percent in 2019 . . .”
  • “. . . 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 increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number projected under current law would reach 19 million in 2020 and 23 million in 2026.”