Rep. Susan Davis (right) with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in October. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Reps. Susan Davis and Scott Peters quickly blasted Republican plans to repeal Obamacare after the Congressional Budget Office on Monday estimated 14 million Americans would lose health insurance.

The non-partisan department predicted that out-of-pocket costs and deductibles would rise, many new Medicaid recipients would lose coverage, and the number of American without health insurance would increase by 24 million over 10 years.

“If these estimates are even in the ballpark, the Republican healthcare bill will nearly double the rate of Americans without health insurance over the next decade,” said Peters, a Democrat who represents the 52nd District in coastal San Diego County.

“It will rip healthcare coverage away from millions, increase out-of-pocket costs for millions more, and take us back to a time when emergency rooms overflowed with uninsured Americans seeking basic care,” he added.

Davis, a Democrat who represents the 53rd District in east San Diego, said it is now clear that the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act will “hurt more people that it will help.”

“Congress needs to direct its energy toward reducing healthcare costs and expanding access to coverage,” she said. “I urge my Republican colleagues to drop their ideological pursuit and work with Democrats to strengthen our nation’s healthcare system.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan defended the Republican bill, noting that the budget office analysis also predicted decreased premiums, deficit reduction and tax relief.

The Republican bill would end the requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance, scale back Medicaid and replace Obamacare’s insurance subsidies with tax credits.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.