(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacted to an early government analysis of the new health care law. The report said that millions more Americans will obtain health care, but predicted that health costs will rise and questioned whether Medicare cuts would cause doctors and hospitals to drop Medicare patients.
Regarding the report's concerns, the Republican leader told CNN, "It is hard not to say, 'I told you so."'
McConnell talked about the report in a telephone interview on Friday with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary – part of the Health and Human Services Department - released the report on Thursday. Congressional Republicans requested the analysis.
The report said that 34 million more Americans will have health insurance by 2019. It also said that Medicare will now be solvent, for a longer time, than it would have been without the law.
But the analysis projected that health care spending would rise more than expected. The report also predicted that Medicare cuts could cause doctors and hospitals to drop Medicare patients.
McConnell told King that those items in the report bolster Republican claims that the new health care law is too expensive.
"All the things we were saying during the debate and an administration actuary now confirms them," McConnell said. "We said there would be access problems for seniors and the poor."
"This bill is more unpopular today than when he [President Obama] signed it," McConnell added.
The director of the White House Office of Health Reform, Nancy-Ann DeParle, responded to the government analysis on the White House blog.
DeParle wrote that the report "found that under reform, Medicare will be stronger, with premiums decreasing by nearly $200 per person per year by 2018." She also said it predicted that the life of the Medicare Trust fund would extend by 12 years.
"But there are some areas where we disagree with the Actuary, particularly when it comes to the new law and the growth of health care costs," DeParle wrote. "Health policy experts and economists who have studied the bill have agreed that the new law will help bring down health care costs."
Regarding any potential Medicare access problems, DeParle wrote, "There is no evidence that providers would not continue to serve Medicare patients, and the report ignores key provisions that will strengthen our health care workforce."
The Obama administration believes that the report is overly pessimistic.
"Well, that is all they can say," McConnell told King.
"We warned them from the beginning about costs and access and these other issues and now they deserve to have to deal with the reality here."
McConnell reiterated that Republicans will run on a slogan of "repeal and replace" in the November elections with regard to the health care law.
The Republican leader also talked about Democratic candidates. He told King that the health care law "is an albatross around their neck."