CBO score of Obamacare repeal bill expected Wednesday

The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation plan to release a score of the House-passed Obamacare repeal bill on Wednesday afternoon, the CBO said in a blog post Friday.

The Senate parliamentarian can’t review the legislation and the GOP cannot start writing its health care bill in the upper chamber until the CBO scoring is complete. Savings under the Senate version has to at least equal savings under the House bill — otherwise the measure would violate budget rules and the GOP repeal effort would come to a swift end.

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

House leaders pushed their bill through without a final CBO score, with GOP lawmakers arguing they only made small changes to the measure in the final negotiations. But they still need to ensure that the latest version conforms to complex budget reconciliation rules. Under reconciliation, the bill can pass the Senate with 51 votes, rather than the typical 60-vote threshold, ensuring Democratic support is not needed.

The House leaders have yet to send their repeal bill to the Senate because of the chance the budget analysis that could force them to revise — and re-vote on — the legislation.

A House GOP leadership source indicated that the measure will very likely move to the Senate after the CBO releases its score.


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