This is something I’ve been telling people for weeks: Namely, that employer-provided health benefits are subsidized, too.
And now, per the CBO scoring of the Senate bill, 4 million people would lose employer-provided coverage next year — because this bill phases out the employer tax credits:
The Senate Republican healthcare bill could see 4 million people with employer-provided health insurance lose their coverage, according to a report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. The new bill was always likely to leave fewer Americans with health insurance, considering the House version left 23 million more uninsured by 2026. It succeeded there, too: 22 million more people will be uninsured under the Senate plan. But stripping coverage from Americans who get it at work is truly stunning. Employer-based coverage is considered the backbone of the current system, and it’s a frequent subject for Republican rhetoric that dictates if people want insurance, they should get a job. Lesson learned: Don’t sleep on Mitch McConnell.