Primary Documents: The Congressional Budget Office's Score of the HELP Bill
You want the document? CBO_HELP_Title_I_07-01.pdf What you're seeing there are the tables the CBO gave to the HELP Committee estimating the impact of various parts of their bill on various parts of the health system for each year between 2010 and 2019.
A few things worth noting: Medicaid is basically static because only the Senate Finance Committee can make changes to Medicaid law. Which they're planning to do. So ignore that row. I've also heard some confusion over the number of new lives covered. The CBO score says that the HELP bill will cover 21 million more people. But in 2019, CBO estimates that we'll have 34 million uninsured, which suggests we've only covered 15 million of the 49 million uninsured we have today.
The issue is that in 2019, CBO estimates that without this bill, the population of uninsured will be much larger: 54 million, to be exact. So it's really 54 minus 34. Which would appear to be 20, rather than 21, so my assumption is that there's some rounding happening here. And remember: We expect the Medicaid expansion to cover another 20 million or so people. So we're really looking at extending health-care coverage to 40 million or so.
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