Obamacare Delay Would Increase Uninsured by 11 Million

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Commission on Taxation (JCT) issued a report earlier last month about the effects of a delay of the individual mandate of Obamacare. According to the report, such a delay would increase the number of uninsured Americans – relative to the current projections – by 11 million people.“That increase in the uninsured population would consist of about 5 million fewer individuals with coverage under Medicaid or CHIP, about 4 million fewer individuals with employment-based coverage, and about 2 million fewer people with coverage obtained in the individual market (including individual policies purchased in the exchanges or directly from insurers in the nongroup market).” You can count on an additional 3 million  in the following two years if the individual mandate is delayed for one year. In contrast, the delay to the employer mandate is estimated by the CBO and JCT to increase the relative number of uninsured by less than half a million. The Center for Budget Policy Priorities breaks things down well, including the chart seen below here.

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