It would not contain any specific measures to ensure coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, although Boehner said that problem would be addressed by encouraging more states “to have high-risk pools.”
The Congressional Budget Office in its analysis of the House bill, estimated that only 6 million people would be enrolled in the public plan by 2019—hardly representative of a government takeover of healthcare. Boehner, however, said he was “convinced” that a public option, along with the bill’s plan to create more than 110 new additional offices, programs and other bureaucracies would eventually lead to a government-run, single-payer system, under the Democrats’ bill.
Up to 114 million people could lose their current coverage under the Democrats’ public option, Boehner countered, citing an analysis from the Lewin Group, a nonpartisan research firm.
In a further analysis of the House bill, the CBO reported Monday that premiums for individuals and families who purchase a relatively low-cost plan under the bill’s insurance exchange would average $5,300 and $15,000 respectively, by 2016.
Architects of the legislation saw this as further evidence the bill would succeed in controlling costs, pointing out that health insurance premiums in 2016 are estimated to total more than $8,000 for individuals and over $24,000 for families if health reform is not enacted.
The CBO did report however that average premiums and cost-sharing payments for enrollees in exchanges under the House bill would be slightly higher than for those enrollees under the bill reported out by the Senate Finance Committee.
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