White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer fielded questions about a new analysis of the Republican health care overhaul during a Tuesday news briefing.
That analysis, by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, found the new plan would cost less but cause 14 million to lose health insurance in the first year alone. By 2026, that number would climb to 24 million.
The White House and Republican leaders in Congress scrambled on Tuesday to shore up support for their health care bill as critics went on the attack over the report.
In his briefing, Spicer said that “CBO coverage estimates are consistently wrong” but that it was important to focus on the report’s finding that premiums would be lower than if Obamacare remained in place.
The cost of Obamacare, he said, was unsustainable, and the goal of an overhaul was “greater choice and lower cost.”
Spicer also said members of Congress would further debate the Republican plan and incorporate different opinions and ideas.
Spicer began his remarks around 2 p.m. Watch them in the player above.
PBS NewsHour updated this story as it developed.