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Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Representing the 35th District of Texas


“Pick Your Number—Pick Any Number to Destroy Health Insurance Coverage”

March 14, 2017

Today, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Senior Member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Ranking Member of the Tax Policy Subcommittee, reacted to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report detailing the consequences of the GOP health care bill:

“Tom Price personally recommended the CBO Director, Keith Hall. This rejection of his evaluation is typical of the Trump Administration’s misuse of statistics. Just like the selective embrace of jobs data, Trump accepts only numbers that reinforce his fantasies and discredits the many that do not.  Sad—it’s the Trump GOP plan that is a loser, not CBO, and millions of Americans will be losers, if Republicans jam through this ‘Little care’ replacement for Obamacare.

With another nonpartisan evaluation showing that this Republican proposal would destroy health insurance coverage for millions, it’s little wonder that Republicans kept their plan locked away from public view until just before rushing it through our committee in an all-night session that blocked all amendments. The failing grade for this wrongheaded plan is consistent with its rejection by health care professionals and a host of other public interest groups.”

The CBO report indicates that 24 million Americans will lose their health coverage over 10 years, including 14 million in 2018 alone. It also indicates that Medicaid will be cut by $880 billion over 10 years and roughly 9 million fewer people would enroll in Medicaid in 2020.