Perhaps too often, Americans take the findings of independent government agencies—whether executive or congressional—as fact.
The Congressional Budget Office, which has impacted the health care debate, has consistently said that repealing Obamacare would lead to around 22 to 23 million Americans losing their insurance by 2026.
This has been a frequent talking point for those that would like to keep President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 26, 2017
CBO says 22 million people lose insurance; Medicaid cuts hurt most vulnerable Americans; access to healthcare in rural areas threatened. 2/3
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 26, 2017
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) July 20, 2017
But a recent commentary by health care expert Avik Roy pointed out how this number may be misleading at best.
Roy wrote in Forbes that according to leaked information he received from a congressional staffer, this 22 million number is in fact mostly coming from the projection of a repeal of the individual mandate.
The individual mandate is one of the most controversial parts of Obamacare that essentially forces Americans to buy health insurance, or receive a fine. Republican-backed repeal proposals to repeal universally aim to eliminate this regulation.