36,000 people will die annually if Obamacare is repealed according to Bernie Sanders

Another study estimated that if all 20 million people covered by Obamacare lost their insurance, 20,000 would die as a result which is a lower rating compared to Sanders.

Jason Spencer | Jan 16, 2017

   

"As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly as a result." That was the sensational claim by Senator Bernie Sanders in a tweet.

As the Obamacare debate rages on, Sen. Bernie Sanders has jumped into the fray predicting that in addition to the annual deaths in the US, another 36,000 will be added to the list if the Republicans pull the plug on Obamacare.

According to Sander's close aides, the numbers came from a left-leaning website called Thinkprogress. In their calculations, they argue that if Obamacare is repealed, the number of deaths will increase by 1.4 percent thus increasing the number of fatalities annually up to 3 million down from 2.6 million. This is because Obamacare covers 20 million citizens and out of 830 people who will lose their insurance, one will die.
Another study estimated that if all 20 million people covered by Obamacare lost their insurance, 20,000 would die as a result which is a lower rating compared to Sanders.

According to critics, Sander's claim is exaggerated and highly assumptions. This is because the Republicans may have a replacement for Obamacare when they decide to repeal it. Secondly, the replacement might not be as bad as Sander's assumes. Thirdly, data derived from one State cannot be said to representative of the entire country.

The various studies cannot, therefore, be deemed as definitive, and the Obamacare debate will continue to bring accusations and counter accusations.

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