“20 million people could lose their current health coverage.”

Claim: “20 million people could lose their current [health] coverage”

Ad(s): Obamacare will be a nightmare for Florida Seniors, Alan Grayson supported anti-business policies in Washington

Sponsor(s): U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim:  $1,096,130

 

Factcheck.org Summary: [U]nder the “baseline” estimates, which the CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation see as more likely to occur, the number of people losing employer-based coverage is expected to be much lower…the agency said it is more likely that about 3 million to 5 million fewer people, on net, would obtain health insurance from their employer under the law. Click here to read more

Politifact Summary: Even if the ad had provided proper context of employer-provided insurance, it’s still not exactly the case that 20 million people will lose coverage under the health insurance law. First, that estimate is the highest number of several estimates and scenarios that the CBO examined. Second, some portion of that number are people voluntarily switching to other, better coverage — not being forced out of coverage against their will. Third, these numbers ignore estimates that say 9 million people who didn’t have employer coverage will get it because of the law… “If they’re stating that 20 million people would lose Medicare because of the Affordable Care Act, which is simply not true. In fact, the health care law strengthens Medicare coverage,” Stein said. Click here to read more