GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump clearly belongs in thecamp of those who believe not every American should have access toaffordable health insurance.


Having unveiled his alternative to the Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act (PPACA), Trump must now sit backand watch while the experts analyze it. An early read by theCommittee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a bipartisan nonprofitpolicy organization, says Trump’s plan would both strip 21 millioncurrently insured folks of their health coverage, and add to thedeficit.


The group said its analysis indicates Trump’s strategy would“significantly reduce coverage” by creating a system in whichcoverage became available for 1.1 million Americans, but would notbe there for the 21 million who would be directly affected by hisrepeal of the PPACA.


Details of the analysis include:

  • The plan would cost $270 billion over 10 years, given thecurrent pace of economic growth;

  • The cost rises to $500 billion with “conventional scoring;”

  • The repeal of Obamacare and all that it has spawned would carve$1.1 trillion out of the federal budget, but would cost $1.5trillion to replace programs that would have to be reinstated.

But, the committee said, the plan would also save Americansmoney. Among the savings:

  • His idea to block grant Medicaid could savebillions, based on past experience with block grants;

  • Trump’s suggestion that the importation of prescription drugs belegalized would save the U.S. $20 billion;

  • His proposal to allow insurance to be sold across state lineswould save $10 billion.

Bottom line, the study says that under Trump's health coveragescheme, the number of Americans without health insurance wouldnearly double. Something to think about, considering today couldturn Trump from presidential hopeful to the de facto GOPnominee.

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