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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report for the American Health Care Act (AHCA):

“Obamacare continues to collapse under its own weight. Premiums are skyrocketing. Insurers are pulling out of the marketplace, leaving some counties with no providers at all and others with only one choice. This report by the CBO confirms that this first phase of health care reform, the American Health Care Act, uses conservative and free-market principles that will empower Americans with access, choice, and affordability. After ten years, premiums will be 10% lower than under Obamacare even while we reduce the deficit by $337 billion and make Medicaid solvent with an $880 billion reduction in spending. The next phases of our plan—from administrative actions taken by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to scheduling votes on additional legislation outside of the reconciliation process—will only further reduce costs and increase access to health care.

“Unlike Obamacare, our plan does not force people to buy insurance plans they may not want or even need. The fundamental premise of the American Health Care Act is that people should be free and able to buy quality health care that suits their needs.”