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The trick to making No-bamacare work at hospitals

Monday's CBO report found that the age of NO-bamacare would begin with higher premiums and more uninsured Americans. (Presidencia de la República Mexicana, Flickr)

The Congressional Budget Office has posted its 37-page report on what will happen when we enter the age of free-market health care, or if you prefer, NO-bamacare.

Ross: This is as generous as Trump’s health care bill will get

Even though we kept hearing all day Monday that we shouldn’t believe this report, the White House budget director himself stood outside the West Wing and said he absolutely believed at least one part of it.

“We believed, Conservative thought, for a long time, that competition lowers costs, and what the CBO just told us is that’s exactly right,” Mick Mulvaney said.

Actually, the report says premiums would go up at first, but in 10 years, health insurance would cost less than it would have under Obamacare. Supporters of the repeal also liked the CBO’s prediction that the federal government stood to save billions under their plan.

But – and here’s the weird part – those same people rejected the prediction that the number of uninsured Americans would eventually increase to what it was before Obamacare. Even though insuring fewer people is the whole reason the repeal saves so much money.

But Dave, you say, this is all so confusing. I just want someone to tell me that if I get sick through no fault of my own, I can get coverage without going bankrupt.

Well, maybe I can help you with that. All you do is download this clip from the 60 Minutes website – Donald Trump in 2015 — roll it.

“Everybody’s gotta be covered. I’m gonna take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not.”

Load that onto your smartphone, and click play when you roll up to the hospital.

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Dave Ross

Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.

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