Fact Check: How Trump's Health Care Pledge Compares With New GOP Plan

Editor's note: This is one of The Associated Press' occasional examinations of the veracity of claims by political figuresPresident Donald Trump told Americans he'd do it all on health care: "insurance for everybody," better coverage and lower consumer costs. By the reckoning of nonpartisan budget analysts at Congress, that's not what will happen if the Republican bill he's backing becomes law.The Congressional Budget Office is respected for nonpartisan rigor in its estimates of the costs and impacts of legislation, but no projection is infallible -- particularly when it comes to large, complex programs. A look at how statements by Trump and his team compare with the CBO's estimates: Who's covered?TRUMP: "We're going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it. That's not going to happen with us." -- To The Washington Post, Jan. 15. CBO: It estimates the bill would leave 14 million fewer people insured in the first year, 24 million fewer by 2026. One reason: higher premiums. As well, the requirement to obtain insurance would be gone. And Medicaid would change, with states pulling back on expanding eligibility for the program and with spending per enrollee capped.  Continue reading...

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