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Repealing ObamaCare means 50 million people will lose health insurance.

Welcome to VoteFacts.  Would repealing ObamaCare lead to 50 million people losing insurance coverage?  Here is a statement by President Obama during the first presidential debate,

"It is estimated that by repealing ObamaCare, you're looking at 50 million people losing health insurance..."

(View the video in its entirety by dragging the start button backward.  Quote begins at 1 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds)

Can it be true that 50 million people lose coverage?  We are turning to the Congressional Budget Office and a report that looked at what would happen if the president's signature achievement were repealed.  Here is what they say about this issue:

• H.R. 6079 would repeal all of the provisions of the ACA that are designed to expand insurance coverage as well as related provisions. Under H.R. 6079, about 30 million fewer nonelderly people would have health insurance in 2022 than under current law, leaving a total of about 60 million nonelderly people uninsured.  CBO, Page 9

It looks like about 30 million people would lose the coverage that they would have gained through the ObamaCare provisions.  Here is how the coverage plays out a little more specifically:

The new health care law is now estimated to reduce the number of nonelderly people without health insurance coverage by 30 million to 33 million in 2016 and subsequent years, leaving 26 million to 27 million nonelderly residents uninsured in those years.  CBO, Page 3

According to the current estimates, from 2016 on, between 20 million and 23 million people will receive coverage through the new insurance exchanges, and 16 million to 17 million people will be enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Plan). Also, 3 million to 5 million fewer people will have coverage through an employer compared with the number under prior law.  CBO, Page 3

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