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Adding Up the Clinton and Trump Health-Reform Proposals

  • Study: 19.7 million lose coverage if Trump repeals Obamacare
  • Clinton’s plans increase health coverage, federal deficit
Family practice provider Rodell Cruise uses a stethoscope to examine a patient at a Community Clinic Inc. health center in Silver Spring, Maryland, on April 8, 2015.

Family practice provider Rodell Cruise uses a stethoscope to examine a patient at a Community Clinic Inc. health center in Silver Spring, Maryland, on April 8, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

If Democrats keep the White House come November, millions of Americans could gain health-care coverage. If Republicans take it back, millions could become uninsured. A new study ran the numbers under the proposals of both U.S. presidential candidates.

Donald Trump’s pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, would result in 19.7 million more people without insurance and widen the federal deficit by $33.1 billion in 2018, according to an analysis conducted by research group Rand Corp. and funded by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit foundation. The Republican nominee’s proposed tax credits would largely benefit higher-income people, the study also found.