Larson: New Analyses Confirm Worst Fears of Health Impact on Citizens
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after an analysis from the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management detailing how the Republican plan will impact Connecticut and the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the bill were released:
“The facts are now clear, as these analyses confirm, that the shift will occur in the cost for the elderly, in essence what is an age tax. This is confounding in light of the fact that the 400 wealthiest Americans will be receiving a tax cut,” said Larson. “The CBO’s numbers have shown that by 2026, 24 million less people will be insured and there will be immediate premium increases for Americans. For those in Connecticut over age 60, this bill would be particularly devastating with the average tax credit for coverage falling by $5,000. The Republican plan will also drastically cut Medicaid, harming seniors, persons with disabilities, children, and low-income parents. In the rush to put this bill forward, they are putting people at risk and by creating high risk pools, as Dorothy Thompson from Manchester, CT said, they are creating their own death panels with those pools.”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is the official, nonpartisan scorekeeper that informs Congress and the public of the impact of legislation. The CBO score can be viewed here.