Budget office set to release report on House GOP health bill

Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y., left, accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, listens to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, may 23, 2017, following a Democratic policy luncheon.

WASHINGTON — Keeping former President Barack Obama’s health care law is “completely unacceptable and totally unsustainable,” the Senate’s top Republican said Wednesday as the two parties braced for a Congressional Budget Office report on a House-passed bill overhauling that statute.

The budget office, lawmakers’ nonpartisan fiscal analyst, planned to release an analysis Wednesday of the impact the GOP-written House bill would have on coverage, consumers’ costs and the federal budget. Its two March reports on earlier versions of the bill projected it would leave 24 million additional people uninsured in a decade, a mammoth number that pushed Republicans onto the defensive.

The new estimates could give talking points to House Republicans, or to Democrats, who voted unanimously against that bill. For GOP senators holding private meetings to sketch out their own legislation, its figures will be a starting point as they consider changing the House’s Medicaid cuts, tax credits and other policies.

Wednesday’s report will…

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