State Republicans to opt out of health-care plans in refusal to work with government
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/11/2013 -- The tally of Americans that are projected to gain insurance form the new United States' health-care laws is apparently eroding. The total is being slashed by a minimum of 5 million, as the Obama administration struggles to push the $1.3 trillion overhaul through, amid Republican opposition.
There are over 27 million people expected to attain coverage by 2017, according to a Congressional Budget Office report. The CBO had initially projected that over 32 million would be covered when the law passed in 2010. The estimate was then raised to 34 million before its gradual fall.
The expectations have since been pulled back gradually, and the expansion relies on governors building a network of insurance marketplaces and expansion of Medicaid. The joint federal-state insurance program for the poor is the supposed outcome, but at least 22 Republican governors have stated they intended to turn down participation in the health exchanges. The Supreme Court's decision to allow them to opt out of the Medicaid expansion only bolsters opposition against the “Obama-Care” plan.
There is concern “about a combination of factors, including the readiness of exchanges to provide a broad array of new insurance options, the ability of state Medicaid programs to absorb new beneficiaries, and people’s responses to the availability of the new coverage,” the CBO said.
There are an additional 8 million people who stand to lose their respective health-care plans that are currently offered through their employers, according to the CBO. Following the passing of the health law, the CBO projected that nearly 3 million would have their employer-sponsored insurance removed.
Some of the losses that will be felt should be offset by enrollment in various plans offered through exchanges. The CBO stated that 26 million persons will be in the exchange plans by the time 2018 rolls around. That is an increase of the 24 million maximum that was estimated in earlier tallies.
The insurance estimates, which were part of a CBO report on the federal budget, are “a very gentle way of saying there’s a problem” with the implementation of the law, said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former CBO director who is now president of the American Action Forum
“They know that everything they do is subject to a lot of uncertainty,” Holtz-Eakin said in a phone interview. “If you see a systematic drift -- more uninsured, less employer- sponsored insurance -- what they’re saying is, ‘wow, the bad news outweighs the good news.’
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