Overturning the Affordable Care Act would mean tax cuts for some households as well as the nation's wealthiest people, according to an analysis released Monday by a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C.
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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities published its analysis as a federal appeals court in New Orleans weighs the constitutionality of the ACA, also known as Obamacare — one of the biggest legislative accomplishments of the 44th president's tenure.
Eliminating Obamacare also means eliminating some of the taxes on families that made funding its provisions possible. That includes a 0.9% Medicare tax on single Americans earning more than $200,000 annually and couples earning more than $250,000 annually, according to CBPP.
A 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on net investment income that applies to the above earners would also disappear. In total, such high-income households would get tax cuts of $45 billion per year if Obamacare is overturned, according to CBPP.
CBPP's report also focused on the tax cuts the nation's wealthiest households would receive if Obamacare went away. The top 0.001% of households with incomes of $53 million apiece would receive approximately $3.8 billion in combined tax cuts, CBPP calculated.
Doing away with Obamacare would equal a "massive transfer of income from low- and moderate-income Americans to people on the top rungs of the income ladder," according to CBPP's report.
The outcome of the lawsuit to overturn the ACA will affect millions of Americans and could leave up to 32 million people without health insurance by 2026, according to a Congressional Budget Office report from 2017.
Premiums for policies purchased through marketplaces or directly from insurers, meanwhile, would likely increase by 20 percent to 25 percent in the first year of the new plan, following the enactment, according to the CBO. By 2026, the increase is expected to climb to 50 percent following the elimination of the Medicaid expansion. Average premiums would also likely spike as a result.
Repealing the ACA has been a long-standing goal of President Trump and Republicans, but they failed to do so in 2017 when the Senate narrowly missed the necessary number of votes.
In 2018, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, struck down the law as unconstitutional because Congress rolled back the individual mandate. O'Connor is a conservative Republican and has previously blocked other policies implemented under former President Barack Obama.
The federal appeals court's decision, which could come any day, was the next step after O'Connor's ruling.
FOX Business' Megan Henney contributed to this report.