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Spicer insists 'there is no one who doesn't benefit' from the GOP health-care bill

Defending Republicans' health-care proposal Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declared "there is no one who doesn't benefit" from the plan. Spicer's claim came on the heels of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's report released Monday that found more than 24 million additional Americans may no longer have health insurance by 2026 under the GOP-backed American Health Care Act.

"This is it," Spicer said of the GOP plan. "If we don't get this through, the goal of repealing ObamaCare and instituting a system that will be patient-centered is going to be unbelievably difficult."

When pressed to answer how the CBO's estimates square with President Trump's pledge to ensure every American is insured, Spicer insisted Trump's "goal" is to make health insurance "available to everybody." "Would you concede that there will be some coverage losses, perhaps in the millions?" CNN's Jim Acosta asked Spicer. "Sure," Spicer said, "except you have to look at the current situation."