Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), pointed out on Tuesday that the aim of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is to provide people with better care, during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
The panel on MSNBC’s Morning Joe was rather distraught over Monday’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which estimated that 24 million Americans would lose insurance under the AHCA.
Mulvaney pointed out, however, that the CBO – while excellent at gauging the economic impact of legislation – has failed to predict coverage in the past accurately.
“I think just three years ago, for example, back down 2013, Obamacare was already around, and [the CBO] did an estimate then of what Obamacare would look like this year. And the number they estimated at that time, not 20 years, just three years ago, 24 million people on the exchanges. Today it’s eleven and a half. They missed by 50 percent over a window of just a couple of years,” Mulvaney reminded the panel.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski asked Mulvaney if people are going to lose health care coverage under this new plan.
Mulvaney responded by telling Brzezinski that she is looking at health care the wrong way, because it is not about the number of people who are covered but rather the quality of care that those who are covered receive.
“Coverage is not the end. People don’t get better with coverage, they get better with care, and that’s the conversation we are trying to have,” Mulvaney told the panel.
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