Sanders responds to CBO score: 'Thousands of Americans will die'

Sanders responds to CBO score: 'Thousands of Americans will die'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Healthcare: Trump pressures GOP ahead of vote | McConnell urges Senate to start debate | Cornyn floats conference on House, Senate bills | Thune sees progress on Medicaid Parliamentarian deals setback to GOP repeal Brooks sparks controversy with Scalise shooting ad MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday that “thousands of Americans will die” under the House GOP’s plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

"If this legislation is passed and millions of people are thrown off health insurance...thousands of Americans will die," Sanders told reporters.

His comments come after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House bill found that by 2026, 24 million people additional people will be uninsured compared to under current conditions with ObamaCare.

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The analysis sparked a fresh round of criticism from Democrats over the repeal-and-replace bill and could spook congressional Republicans, who are already publicly skeptical of the legislation.

Sanders said the House legislation "shouldn't see the light of day."

"I think that legislation is disgusting. It is immoral," he said. "It must defeated and I hope there is enough sense amongst some of the Republicans."

Democrats don't have the ability to block the ObamaCare repeal bill on their own. Under reconciliation, Republicans only need a simple majority, and they have 52 Senate seats.

But a growing number of both conservative and moderate lawmakers are raising concerns with the House bill.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Monday that members of the Senate Steering Committee will go to the White House on Tuesday to talk ObamaCare strategy.