Twenty-two million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 compared with Obamacare if the Senate health-care plan is approved, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis.
That’s equal to the total population of 16 states.
It’s also equal to the population of the seven largest U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia and San Antonio.
The uninsured rate is projected to nearly double over a decade, from 10 to 18 percent, according to the CBO.
It would reverse all the coverage gains made under the Affordable Care Act, while leaving more people uninsured than at the height of the Great Recession.
The biggest driver of that change is the rollback of the Medicaid expansion, according to the CBO. That, along with other cuts to Medicaid, would save the government nearly $800 billion over the next decade.
But it would also leave 15 million more people uninsured who would have been enrolled in Medicaid otherwise.
The rest of the coverage loss — 7 million people — would come from changes made to the Obamacare marketplaces that are expected to make costs spike, especially for lower- and moderate-income people and older enrollees.
For a 64-year-old making $26,500 per year, for instance, premiums would nearly quadruple.
But even people who can still afford coverage can expect that their insurance would become less comprehensive. And in 2020, when the federal government cuts off cost-sharing subsidies for low-income people, the value of their health insurance plans will fall even further.