The CBO Says Trumpcare Would Be Very Bad News for Women

Thousands will likely lose contraceptive care and get pregnant.

Brennan Linsley/AP

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.


On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the American Health Care Act, the plan Republicans proposed to replace the Affordable Care Act. The results do not bode well for low-income Americans, showing that an additional 24 million people would become uninsured by 2026 if the bill is enacted. And women on Medicaid who are seeking contraceptive care will lose that care in enormous numbers.

The reason is that the Trumpcare proposal defunds Planned Parenthood for one year by prohibiting patients from using their Medicaid coverage at clinics run by the women’s healthcare provider. “To the extent that there would be reductions in access to care under the legislation, they would affect services that help women avert pregnancies,” the report notes, adding that the people most likely to lose access to their contraceptive care would “probably reside in areas without other health care clinics or medical practitioners who serve low-income populations. CBO projects that about 15 percent of those people would lose access to care.”

CBO predicts that restricting access to contraceptive care will then have a domino effect. It would lead to several thousand more births to Medicaid patients, and, in turn, a number of those children will themselves qualify for Medicaid. The additional tab for Medicaid? About $21 million in 2017.

The Trumpcare proposal never names Planned Parenthood directly. Instead, it creates a highly-specific list of criteria for the types of abortion-providing organizations where patients would no longer be allowed to use Medicaid. But the CBO report reveals that the wording of the Trumpcare proposal is aimed explicitly at Planned Parenthood. “CBO expects that, according to those criteria, only Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates and clinics would be affected,” it says.

Thank you!

We didn't know what to expect when we told you we needed to raise $400,000 before our fiscal year closed on June 30, and we're thrilled to report that our incredible community of readers contributed some $415,000 to help us keep charging as hard as we can during this crazy year.

You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

Thank you!

We didn't know what to expect when we told you we needed to raise $400,000 before our fiscal year closed on June 30, and we're thrilled to report that our incredible community of readers contributed some $415,000 to help us keep charging as hard as we can during this crazy year.

You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.