CBO score of Obamacare repeal bill expected week of May 22

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House-passed Obamacare repeal bill is expected early in the week of May 22, according to Hill sources.

The Senate parliamentarian can’t review the legislation and the GOP cannot really start writing its bill in the upper chamber until the CBO scoring is complete. That’s because the Senate version has to save at least as much money as the House bill — otherwise the measure would violate the budget resolution and the GOP repeal effort would come to a swift end.

The CBO analysis would include revised projections of coverage losses over a decade.

The House’s decision to vote on its repeal plan without the CBO score has come back to sting some members. Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) faced questions about the decision during a heated town hall meeting with constituents in Dubuque, Iowa, conceding the process was rushed.

A CBO score of an earlier House repeal plan found it would leave 24 million more Americans uninsured over a decade. The forthcoming score would reflect an amendment by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) that was added before the House vote and would allow states to opt out of certain fundamental Obamacare provisions if they meet criteria such as lowering insurance premiums.

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