In comments that did not wear well at all, then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the GOP plan "is plan A and plan A", adding that there was no backup plan. Surprisingly, some customers might find better deals by looking at higher-end products.
And, because the law still caps the premiums paid by millions of consumers at a percentage of their income, it's the government - or more accurately, the taxpayer - that will end up footing the bill for the higher premiums.
The loss of the payments would be expected to have minimal effect on the number of uninsured people over the next decade, CBO said.
The CBO report confirms earlier analyses, including this one by Kaiser and this one from the consulting firm Oliver Wyman, that suggested eliminating the cost-sharing payments could make policies cheaper for some individuals.
Most people buying insurance sold on the health care exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act would pay a similar monthly cost to what they pay now despite an initial increase in premiums of about 20%. In a memo Friday, the agency said many states are now requiring companies to file their rates for 2018 on the assumption that they won't be reimbursed. But if cost-sharing reductions were discontinued, the premium tax credit would grow to $11,800. Five months later, the Trump administration has not moved the needle on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law.
Now that Trump is in the White House, and Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have failed, many Republicans are urging the president to continue the payments rather than undermine the health care markets.
The Trump administration, faced with increasing pressure from Republican members of Congress, backed away from causing an immediate crisis in health care marketplaces and agreed Wednesday to continue making payments to insurance companies that are widely viewed as critical to keeping the industry stable. His administration has signaled that it may end the payments.
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Trump axes the payments because the government would have to pay more in subsidies to cover the higher rates paid by customers. In this system the government provides payments to insurance companies and they pass on the "savings" to customers.
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The deficit would increase by a net $194 billion through 2026.
Several companies say that without the cost-sharing payments, their rates will see double-digit increases.
"Such estimates are inherently imprecise because the ways in which federal agencies, states, insurers, employers, individuals, doctors, hospitals and other affected parties would respond to the changes made by this policy are all hard to predict", the CBO report states.
The CBO reported Tuesday that premiums would rise 20 percent in 2018 and 25 percent in 2020.
But the CBO predicted that insurers would not raise the premiums for their bronze plans or gold plans.
State officials noted that changes in the way some federal tax credits are allocated could reduce year-over-year costs for some consumers, especially those who purchase plans on the exchange's popular "Silver Level" of options.
The cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers are not guaranteed by the ACA. That head-scratching outcome is because a different Affordable Care Act subsidy would automatically increase as premiums jump, more than wiping out any savings.
The budget office study was requested by the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, and the House Democratic whip, Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland.