The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the GOP's repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — Wednesday afternoon.
Yes, the health care bill that is approximately 1/8 the size of Obamacare:
The release of the report was immediately met with a media firestorm.
The analysis was given the typical doom and gloom from major news networks:
The report notes that under the AHCA, by 2018, 14 million more Americans would be uninsured and by 2026, 24 million more would be uninsured.
But hidden in the section that addresses the increase in uninsured, there is a line that most major outlets failed to recognize or refused to point out:
Most of that increase would stem from repealing the penalties associated with the individual mandate. Some of those people would choose not to have insurance because they chose to be covered by insurance under the current law only to avoid paying the penalties ...
While the media was focused on the increased number of uninsured, one Twitter user was quick to note the actual reason: Ya know, the freedom to choose ...
So 14 million more Americans may be uninsured under the AHCA. But it'll likely be because they were no longer forced by the government to purchase health insurance they didn't want.