The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has officially “scored” the Senate Health Care Bill, also officially known as H.R. 1628, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Republicans have been adamant about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also know as Obamacare, ever since it was first enacted back in 2010. After the election in 2016, when Republicans took control of the Senate, House and Presidency, it seemed likely that they would finally get the chance.
While the ACA is not perfect, seven years of the ACA has helped dramatically reduce the number of uninsured Americans. However, fixing health care is “difficult” and the current bills are expected, according to the non-partisan analysis of the CBO, to lead to a significant increase in the number of uninsured Americans by 2026.