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Faso disagrees with CBO report

May 26, 2017 2:34 pm
Richard Moody in The Daily Mail reports that when John Faso (R-Kinderhook) voted for the recent version of the Republican healthcare plan, he didn't wait for the Congressional Budget Office to release a report on the proposal. Now the CBO says 23 million Americans will lose health insurance under the plan, and many more could have much higher costs if any states opt out of certain provisions. “I do not agree with the CBO’s analysis as to losses of insurance coverage and specifically do not agree with their belief that some states will seek the waiver option permitted under the legislation,” Faso said. “I intend to fully review the contents of the report, just as I reviewed the initial analysis of the underlying elements of the American Health Care Act prior to its passage.” Under the plan, states are allowed waivers for required minimum standards of coverage and insurers are allowed to set premiums on the basis of an individual’s health if that person had a lapse in coverage. "People who are less healthy, including those with pre-existing or newly acquired medical conditions, would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law," the CBO report says. But Faso then says the report that is about one thing -- the new proposal -- should have been about something else -- the current Affordable Care Act law. “The CBO also ignores the fact that the ACA exchanges are unraveling in many parts of the nation. The key in my mind is to lower premiums and deductibles while maintaining protections for those with pre-existing conditions,” Faso said Thursday. “I expect the Senate to improve on the House-passed bill on both counts and I look forward to continuing to work to improve the health insurance system for all Americans.” Protesters turned out in the rain May 25 at Faso's Kinderhook office to protest his healthcare position. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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