The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act has received no official report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), but the methodology used by the CBO may guarantee a negative report, no matter what plan is put forward, according to a Friday report from Politico.
The report that will look at possibly one of the worst measures for evaluating a plan: the number of Americans who are covered with health insurance, CBO Director Keith Hall explained. Hall plans to ding any insurance plan that doesn’t cover “comprehensive benefits,” according to Politico.
The CBO’s website reports it actually uses the key requirements in the Affordable Care Act as a measuring stick for other plans, so, if an insurance plan doesn’t carry provisions such as birth control for men, it won’t be labeled as “comprehensive” and won’t be counted as an actual health insurance plan.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan asserted that the goal of the Republican health care plan wasn’t to maximize coverage, but only to ensure citizens have easy access to their doctors.
“If you’re looking to the CBO for accuracy, you’re looking in the wrong place,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during a press conference. “They were way, way off last time in every aspect of how they scored and projected Obamacare.”
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