The Republican healthcare plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that passed the House in early May would decrease the deficit but increase the number of uninsured people, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Use it before you possibly lose it: The House bill passed this month to repeal and replace Obamacare would leave 23 million people without health insurance by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office found in an analysis released Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday: Trump visited His Holiness and a “hellhole,” while his budget looked bleak for the rural voters who helped put him in office.
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The CBO’s take on Trumpcare
The GOP’s health bill would also increase premiums by 20% next year and 5% in 2019, the CBO found. Those premiums would then decrease by 2020. Just how much they would drop varies from state to state. In all, the bill as approved would decrease the deficit by $119 billion, about $32 billion shy of the last version of the bill. The legislation narrowly made it through the House on May 4. Senate Republicans are now meeting to compile legislation of their own.
To a ‘hellhole’ and back
For being a city he called a “hellhole” only last year, Brussels sure rolled out the red carpet for Trump on Wednesday. He arrived to a military band playing the “Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of a NATO summit and later nabbed photos with Belgium’s king and queen. That’s gracious of the Western European Nation, whose capital Trump insulted last year during an interview on the Fox Business Network. “You go to Brussels – I was in Brussels a long time ago, 20 years ago, so beautiful, everything is so beautiful – it’s like living in a hellhole right now,” Trump said at the time. In person, though, it apparently wasn’t all that bad. “It’s an honor to be with you,” he told the nation’s prime minister.
Trump earlier that day visited Pope Francis at the Vatican, a meeting that resulted in one of the greatest photos of his still-young presidency. The two exchanged gifts, with the pope giving Trump a copy of his letter on climate change — a subtle move, considering Trump’s called climate change a hoax.
For working-class supporters, Trump’s budget might not work
If you’re one of the rural, working-class voters who overwhelmingly backed Donald Trump last November, you might not be as supportive of the budget he dropped this week. The White House’s proposal would slash crop subsidies, food assistance and education — programs used disproportionately by people without college degrees — and slash Medicaid by more than $800 billion within 10 years. The budget would also eliminate key NASA programs, increase the TSA’s airline…