OMB takes aim at House Republican efforts to repeal "Affordable Care Act"

Matthew Borghese – AHN News Contributor

Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) – The White House is taking aim at Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Republicans that have begun an effort to repeal the “Affordable Care Act,” part of President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare reform that narrowly passed last year.

In a statement from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Republicans backing H.R. 2 would “explode the deficit [and] raise costs for the American people and businesses.” The bill, cosponsored by 162 House lawmakers would “deny an estimated 32 million people health insurance,” according to the OMB.

The newly sworn-in House has jumped on repealing the Obama administration’s healthcare plans, which would require every American to purchase some form of healthcare. The Congressional Budget Office has yet to release a detailed study of H.R. 2, but says the effort will most likely increase the federal deficit.

“Because CBO and [Joint Committee on Taxation] estimated that the March 2010 health care legislation would reduce budget deficits over the 2010-2019 period and in subsequent years, we expect that repealing that legislation would increase budget deficits,” the CBO explained in an initial analysis. “The resulting increase in deficits projected for fiscal years 2012 through 2019 is likely to be similar in size to—but not exactly the same as—the reduction in deficits that was originally estimated to result from the enacted legislation.”

Meanwhile, the White House is aiming to remind Americans that it secured a victory for the uninsured when it passed the legislation last year. “When the Affordable Care Act provisions are fully in effect, insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate against any American with a preexisting condition, charge women higher rates, or charge drastically higher premiums for older Americans. H.R. 2 would eliminate the important patient protections, coverage expansions, affordability provisions, and fiscal savings in the Affordable Care Act,” the OMB explained.

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