Dem senator: ObamaCare repeal without replacement would be ‘humanitarian disaster’

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed New Jersey to halt indoor sports, cap outside gatherings MORE (D-Conn.) says repealing ObamaCare without a replacement plan would be a "humanitarian disaster of incomprehensible scale." 

"[The Congressional Budget Office] scored repeal without a replacement - it's a humanitarian disaster of incomprehensible scale. 32M lose insurance. Premiums go up 100%," Murphy tweeted late Monday.

After the Senate GOP's ObamaCare replacement plan fell apart Monday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Criminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot MORE (R-Ky.) said Republicans would try repealing ObamaCare now and push replacement efforts until after the 2018 midterm elections, a move President Trump and a growing number of Republicans support. 


Repealing portions of ObamaCare without enacting a replacement could leave 18 million people without health insurance the following year, according to a report earlier this year by the nonpartisan CBO.

Most of the reductions in coverage would be from repealing the penalty for not having health insurance, the CBO estimated, because people would just drop their insurance plans. 

After the elimination of ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies, 27 million people would lose insurance, growing to 32 million in 2026, the CBO found.

The CBO is responsible for scoring the impact of legislation on the deficit. But Republicans have questioned the office's reports, which have regularly said repealing ObamaCare would increase the deficit and lead to greater levels of uninsured people.