At Least 21 Million Lose Coverage in GOP Bill, Think Tank Says

At least 21 million fewer Americans would have health-care coverage from 2020 to 2026 under the Senate Republicans’ latest plan to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare, according to an estimate by the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit think tank.

The number “likely underestimates the reductions in insurance coverage” because it doesn’t take into account difficulties states may face setting up their own health systems, said the policy group, which has been supportive of the Affordable Care Act.

The Brookings estimate is the first look at what the bill, backed by Republican senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would mean for millions of people covered under Obamacare by Medicaid or private plans. The estimate could be a blow to Republicans last-ditch attempts to round up enough votes to get the bill on the Senate floor next week.

The Congressional Budget Office, Congress’s official policy analyst, has said

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