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Pat Toomey Slams CBO Health Care Score

The Pennsylvania Senator called the CBO’s insurance coverage numbers “wildly speculative.”

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) slammed the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) prediction that millions of Americans will lose health insurance under the American Health Care Act (AHCA), calling the number “wildly speculative.”

“They assume that if people are no longer required to by the individual mandate, they’ll decide to abandon free Medicaid,” Toomey said. “So if you have free health care for your family under Medicaid, but if you’re not forced by law to participate – ‘I’m out of here.'”

Toomey called that analysis “implausible.”

The Pennsylvania senator emphasized his commitment to curbing the growth of U.S. entitlement programs. “They are driving the fiscal trainwreck that we are on. Medicaid is the single biggest driver of this,” he said.

The Senate GOP bill has struggled to find the requisite 50 votes for passage, but Toomey has emerged as one of the bill’s biggest defenders.