The House is preparing to take up H.R. 2575, which would alter portions of the Affordable Care Act to allow more businesses to avoid providing providing health insurance to their employees.
The legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. Howard Coble and other members of the Republican NC delegation.
An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office gives the easily predictable result--lots of people (about 1 million by the CBO's estimate) will lose their employer-based insurance each year.
On top of that, the CBO estimates that the legislation would
- swell Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program rolls by 500,000 to 1,000,000 people,
- increase the number of uninsured people by up to 500,000, and
- add to the federal debt by $73.7 billion over the next ten years.
Less private insurance, more public insurance, bigger deficits, and more costs for states--that's the Republican recipe for "reform."