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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 12:23 AM

Obamacare's replacement could cost Maryland $2.4 billion, report says.

'The GOP's replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act could end up costing Maryland at least $2.4 billion, a new report from George Washington University researchers found.

The Republican-proposed American Health Care Act could also cost Washington, D.C. at least $1.2 billion and could cost Virginia at least $700 million in gross state product by 2026, according to the study, funded by The Commonwealth Fund. Nationally, the study estimates the Republican bill would result in nearly 1 million fewer jobs and $93 billion less in gross state products.

That would place Maryland among the 15 states with the greatest cost from the AHCA by gross state product. In comparison, Virginia would be at the middle of the pack in terms of impact at 25th, while D.C. would rank 33rd nationally.

Plenty of change is still possible before any measure passes through Congress. After the House passed the AHCA in March, Senate leaders said they had been working on their own version. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump called the House version "mean" and called on senators to be more generous in their version, The Washington Post reported.'>>>


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