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Affordable Care Act Cheaper, Will Cover Less Lives Depending on States' Actions

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
August 7, 2012

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) recently released its findings that the Affordable Care Act (ACT) will cost $84 Billion less as a result of not all states expanding their Medicaid programs . The Supreme Court ruling on the ACA upheld the law, but also specified that states have the choice to expand their Medicaid programs.

Several states are choosing not to expand their Medicaid programs, thereby choosing not to provide health insurance for many of their low-income citizens. Perhaps good for the federal and state budgets in the short-run.

Speaker of the House John Boehner received CBO and JCT estimates that if HB 6079 was enacted to repeal the ACA, the cost to the federal government would add $109 Billion to the federal budget deficit from 2013-2022.