WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez released the following statement after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that the Republican bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act would increase the projected number of people without health insurance by 23 million within the next decade:

“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has once again confirmed that Republicans’ so-called American Health Care Act does not actually improve health care for Americans. Under the GOP’s cruel plan, 14 million Americans will lose their health coverage in the next year, and 23 million people will be uninsured by 2027.

“The GOP legislation may save health insurance executives and hedge fund managers a whole lot of money – but it won’t save lives.

“This awful bill still ends federal protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. It still slashes Medicaid by over $800 billion, threatening expansion coverage for 552,000 New Jerseyans and jeopardizing care for millions of nursing home patients, disabled Americans, and low-income kids nationwide. And it still ends federally-guaranteed coverage for essential health benefits that all families depend on, from hospital stays and prescription drug coverage to maternity care and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

“Every American deserves the right to see a doctor without the fear of going bankrupt. But if House Republicans and the Administration have their way, 23 million more Americans will live with that fear once again.”