Larry Summers, a former treasury secretary under Bill Clinton and White House economic adviser to President Obama, predicted that 10,000 Americans will die every year if the Republican tax reform bill becomes law.
“When people lose health insurance, they're less likely to get preventive care, they're more likely to defer health care they need, and ultimately, they're more likely to die,” Summers said on CNBC's “Squawk Box” on Monday.
Summers is referencing a provision in the bill that ends the individual mandate forcing people to sign up for health insurance or risk paying a penalty.
“I think this bill is very dangerous,” he added.
CNBC tweeted an article detailing Summers's claims.
Economist Larry Summers predicts 10,000 will die per year due to tax reform https://t.co/OZ2rZGIH5A
— CNBC (@CNBC) December 4, 2017
Twitter reacted immediately.
This is an incredibly stupid, irresponsible & dishonest thing to say. I don't like the tax bill either, but removing a provision that forces people to buy something or pay a penalty if they don't does not lead to death. Dishonesty isn't a good foundation for change. Shameful. https://t.co/78LMBIfAlI
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) December 4, 2017
At least 10 million. Maybe 100 million. AT LEAST.
IT'S SCIENCE PEOPLE...SCIENCE! https://t.co/AS83zJV7iB
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) December 4, 2017
Well, at least climate change is a redundant concern now. 🙄 https://t.co/Ah6l2VoyD6
— John Groves (@jfgroves) December 4, 2017
Approximately 20,000 people die every year from hot takes. https://t.co/oB78XDrFOi
— Anthony Abides (@AnthonyAbides) December 4, 2017
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) December 4, 2017
Wait. Maybe we're reading this wrong and Summers is actually threatening to kill 10,000 people a year himself if tax reform passes. https://t.co/dRXHv9hcnG
— RBe (@RBPundit) December 4, 2017
Did H W Bush or Clinton's tax increases save 10,000 lives every year? https://t.co/iGjLc3Gm5i
— Cranky Gordon (@CrankyGordon) December 4, 2017
DEMOCRAT Larry again makes crazy predictions that can't be measured.
— Jonny Oates (@JonnyOates) December 4, 2017