House Republicans React to CBO Score on American Health Care Act

Earlier this afternoon, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its report on the American Health Care Act. We’re pleased to hear the CBO’s estimate shows that our legislation advances the core goals of our plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Our legislation lowers premiums by 10 percent, reduces the federal deficit by $337 billion, makes major entitlement reform, lowers taxes by $883 billion, and increases choices for consumers.

Here’s what House Republicans are saying about this:

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) on Fox News

“CBO … are looking at part of the puzzle. This is not the whole remedy, this is not the whole approach. This is the part that deals with reconciliation. There are still other parts that we’re proposing that will deal with what Secretary Price can do at Health and Human Services and other bills moving forward in terms of insurance reforms. So is it a hot headline? Yeah, but it’s not something that describes the totality of the approach. Here’s what I know: the status quo is not working.”

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) on MSNBC

“The CBO is scoring a…snapshot of one-third of what we’re going to do. The CBO is looking at what Tom Price is going to do to making insurance more affordable and all the things he can do as Secretary of Health and Human Services…none of the changes that we know Secretary Price will be implementing to make insurance more affordable and give more competition…is factored into the score because it hasn’t happened yet. But it will. The third piece is we’re going to be moving legislation to have competition across state borders, and to deal with tort reform — things that can’t be in reconciliation.”

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) on MSNBC with Chris Matthews

“I respect the CBO, but they’re not infallible. …Let us put our plan into place, give us a couple years to get through the transition. …we think you’re going to get better coverage, more choices at a lower cost, and you’ll choose to get the coverage — you won’t be mandated to get it. …We’ve asked the Democrats to help us, but…they’re too busy defending something that’s failed to work with us to improve it.

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH): “Obamacare is collapsing”

“Right now, Obamacare is collapsing and people are paying more for fewer choices and lower-quality care. In addition to the American Health Care Act, the administration and Congress are also moving forward with reforms to cut red tape and encourage innovation and competition in the individual market. These are necessary steps that should also be taken into account as we transition to a better, patient-centered system.”

Click here to read his full statement.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX): “AHCA is a dramatic departure from Obamacare”

“It’s not surprising that the CBO coverage estimates released today are different than Obamacare’s coverage estimates. The American Health Care Act is a dramatic departure from Obamacare, which forced Americans to buy expensive, one-size-fits-all health insurance. Our legislation gives individuals and families the freedom to access health care options that are tailored to their needs—not Washington’s.”

Click here to read his full statement.

House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (R-TN): “report shows that our bill lowers premiums, reduces deficit”

“The CBO report shows that our bill lowers premiums by 10 percent by 2026, while increasing choice and creating a vibrant marketplace for consumers. The bill reduces the deficit by $337 billion and lowers taxes by $883 billion for Americans and small business owners. The American Health Care Act expands choice and freedom while reducing costs and saving taxpayer dollars. We look forward to acting on it in the House Budget Committee this week.”

Click here to read her full statement.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR): “report confirms that we are keeping our promise”

“The American Health Care Act is the first step in our plan to bring down costs and restore the relationship between patients and their doctors. This report confirms that we are keeping our promise to begin tackling skyrocketing health care premiums and providing families with more choices by repairing insurance markets that were destroyed by Obamacare. Additionally, our legislation would reduce the deficit and, for the first time, put Medicaid on a sustainable path, strengthening the program and focusing it on those it was intended to help, our nation’s most vulnerable.”

Click here to read his full statement.