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16 Patient Consumer Groups: CBO Report Shows Repeal of Individual Mandate Results in 13 Million More Americans Uninsured, Higher Premiums

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 14, 2017 — Today, a group of 16 non-partisan patient and consumer groups issued the following statement on last week’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report. In the report, the CBO assessed the impact of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate to purchase health insurance coverage:

“The CBO’s recent report estimates that 13 million fewer Americans will have health insurance if Congress repeals the ACA’s requirement that all individuals carry adequate coverage. In addition, premiums would increase on average by 10 percent. Our organizations are deeply troubled that Congress is considering action that would result in coverage losses, particularly without considering corresponding ways to balance or mitigate these losses.”

“Any changes Congress makes to our health care system should be focused upon expanding access to quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans. American families deserve no less. Legislation that reduces the number of people with coverage and increases premiums fails to meet this standard. Repealing the individual mandate without otherwise increasing access to adequate, affordable health insurance is a step backwards for individuals and families.

“We call upon all members of the House and Senate to ensure that any changes to our health care system will help stabilize the health insurance market and result in more, not fewer, Americans having adequate, affordable health insurance. Our organizations stand ready to work with Congress toward this goal, which will help secure the individual, community and economic wellbeing of our nation.”

Groups signing on to the statement include:


American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Liver Foundation

American Lung Association

Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of Consumer Reports

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Epilepsy Foundation

Family Voices

Futures Without Violence

Luther Services in America

March of Dimes

Mended Little Hearts

National Health Council

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Health Council