Provider groups and lawmakers focused on different elements of the Congressional Budget Office's new projections about the 2010 healthcare law to underscore or advance their respective policy positions.
Democrats emphasized one report from the CBO that concluded repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—which the House of Representatives approved in a July 11 vote—would increase federal deficits by $109 billion between 2013 and 2022.
“House Republicans were so eager to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this month—something they've done more than 30 times—they didn't even bother waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to update its numbers,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member on the House Budget Committee, said in a statement. “Now, thanks to the analysis released by CBO today, we know that the Republican obsession with repealing health reform would worsen the deficit by $109 billion over 10 years and by roughly $1.5 trillion in the second decade.”