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CBO: Obamacare to Cover Millions Fewer Than Before Supreme Court Decision
Posted By Kathryn Nix On July 24, 2012 @ 4:28 pm In Featured,Health Care | 8 Comments
Earlier today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated cost estimate for Obamacare that showed that the law will cost less over 10 years than last predicted—because fewer people will be covered.
Now, although Obamacare spends more than $1 trillion, CBO predicts it will leave 30 million Americans uninsured, falling far short of what was promised.
The reason for the changes to the law’s cost projection is the recent Supreme Court ruling. Though the Court allowed Obamacare’s individual mandate to stand as a tax, it deemed a separate provision—the Medicaid expansion—to be unconstitutional. As a result, states can choose not to expand their Medicaid programs and are no longer at risk of losing all their federal Medicaid dollars if they don’t. As Heritage health policy expert Nina Owcharenko explains , “If the Administration’s attempt to centralize health care decision making in Washington was unworkable, its unconstitutional imposition on the states has made its problems even worse.”
As a result of the Court’s decision, the outlook for the law has changed. Here are the main takeaways from the CBO’s latest report:
Over the last two years, Obamacare has shown itself to be a law muddled with unintended consequences, unworkable provisions, and costly, ineffective new programs.  Today’s report from CBO shows that Americans can expect this trend to continue, driving home once again that the health law will not achieve what it promised and needs to be repealed.
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 As Heritage health policy expert Nina Owcharenko explains: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/07/obamacare-fallout-from-the-supreme-court-and-medicaid-expansion
 unintended consequences, unworkable provisions, and costly, ineffective new programs.: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/03/the-obamacare-two-year-checkup-more-reasons-for-repeal
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