Facts about Se­nate’s health care bill and CBO re­port

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Cory Gard­ner needs to join re­peal protest,” July 2 ed­i­to­rial.

Your ed­i­to­rial urges Sen. Cory Gard­ner to “join the Oba­macare re­peal protest” in part be­cause the Se­nate health care bill will “cost 22 million peo­ple ac­cess to health care by 2026.” This is disin­gen­u­ous. If you’re go­ing to cite the Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice estimate of 22 million peo­ple without health in­sur­ance, it is im­por­tant to note that the num­ber in­cludes 15 million who would leave the mar­ket vol­un­tar­ily next year, due to the elim­i­na­tion of the in­di­vid­ual man­date. That’s al­most three-quar­ters, in 2018 alone. Fur­ther­more, it’s im­por­tant to note that we are talk­ing about health in­sur­ance, not health care. For many, like my par­ents, hav­ing in­sur­ance with high pre­mi­ums and high de­ductibles doesn’t equal ac­cess to care. You can rea­son­ably dis­agree with and op­pose the Se­nate bill, but let’s at least be hon­est about it.

Jimmy Sen­gen­berger, Aurora The writer is pres­i­dent and CEO of the Mil­len­nial Policy Cen­ter.

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