Republican leaders have made great pains to argue that the CBO's estimate of the millions who will lose insurance is faulty, or even that it's a necessary side effect of returning to a more free-market approach to health care.
Trump remarked that most of the members of the meeting were opposed to the bill, but that after the meeting they were ready to support the bill.
But the CBO report challenges his guarantee that the Obamacare replacement would ensure "better health care for more people at a lesser cost" while providing "insurance for everybody".
"One of the risks we had with the repeal-and-replace issue is people would think we had a total salvation and fix every single person out there", Conaway said.
"Here they are forecasting coverage, but they got it completely wrong under the ACA, because people didn't want to buy ACA coverage", she said.
Everyone's talking about congressional Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act. Republican Representative Jim Jordan of OH, a founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said it does not go far enough to meet Republicans' promise to kill Obamacare. One, as we age, our health insurance costs typically would go up in terms of paying into the pool because we start having maladies that are more expensive to fix.
Cohn also disputed the notion that millions of people on Medicaid, the government health care system for the poor, would become uninsured as Obamacare's expansion of the program is rolled back over a period of years. In actuality, tax credits in Republican legislation being debated in the House may not be as generous to older people as what is in the current law.
The GOP's healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act, was approved by the House Budget Committee on Thursday in a 19-17 vote. "Open enrollment was a success, and it would have been even higher without the Trump administration's efforts to suppress enrollment", Leslie Dach, director of the Protect Our Care Coalition, told CNBC in February.
Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) has announced that he will vote against the Republican health care bill. As a result, CBO and JCT estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law. Walker said he now supported the bill. "We stand united today to move this forward for the American people", the chairman of the Republican Study Committee Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, told reporters Friday morning.
Later Friday morning, at a meeting on veterans' affairs, Trump said it took 15 minutes into the discussion with the study committee members to change their mind.
Critics say it would make health insurance more expensive for individuals, especially older adults and those with modest incomes.