‘A very dangerous road’: MSNBC’s Ali Velshi explains why McConnell’s Obamacare repeal plan is a disaster
MSNBC host Ali Velshi pointed out on Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) plan to repeal Obamacare without a replacement would be devastating for millions of Americans.
After Republican efforts to pass a health care reform bill failed this week, McConnell announced that he would move forward with repealing the Affordable Care Act, and he suggested that there would be a two year grace period to come up with an alternative.
“It’s actually a very dangerous road to go down for a Congress that has not been able to make a deal,” Velshi explained on Tuesday.
The MSNBC host noted that the number of uninsured Americans would rise from 26 million to 44 million within the first year after Obamacare was repealed. Within ten years, there would be more Americans without insurance — 58 million — than there were before Obamacare was signed into law.
Premiums would also skyrocket, nearly doubling by 2026, Velshi said. By that time, 75 percent of Americans would live in areas with no insurer participation.
And without a replacement for Obamacare, the federal budget deficit would increase by $137 billion between 2016 and 2025, according to Congressional Budget Office projections.
“This is a big one that you need to talk to your members of Congress about if they are conservatives and if you are conservatives,” Velshi recommended. “You look at that, you tell me, what good comes of repealing without replacing?”
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