The Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health care research foundation who focuses much of their work on comparing the U.S. healthcare system to other countries, recently produced a study that found that Romney’s health care plan would increase the population of uninsured Americans to 72 million by 2022. Politico reports:
The number of insured Americans would rise in every age group under the Affordable Care Act and fall in every group under Romney’s plan, Sara Collins, vice president for Commonwealth’s affordable health insurance program, told reporters in a conference call Monday.
The report says most of the difference is due to Romney’s plans for Medicaid, which he would turn into block grants, and the expansion of Medicaid that’s planned under the ACA. The gap between those two proposals accounts for about 80 percent of the difference in their impact on the uninsured, according to the analysis.
But the Romney camp fired back, calling the study “flawed,” while depicting a “fantasy world”:
Under ObamaCare, Americans have seen their insurance premiums increase, small businesses are facing massive tax increases, and seniors will have reduced access to Medicare services. The American people did not want this law, our country cannot afford this law, and when Mitt Romney becomes president he will repeal it and replace it with common-sense, patient-centered reforms that strengthen our health care system.