Republicans were skeptical, and undoubtedly a little annoyed, when healthcare industry representatives stood behind President Obama last month as he touted their pledge to find ways to reduce national healthcare spending by as much as $2 trillion over 10 years.

The promise wasn't enforceable, they said. The promise didn't come with any details on just where players in the healthcare market planned to find this money, they said. And anyway, what the White House and some spooked lobbying groups saying in the midst of a political battle on healthcare reform doesn't mean a thing when it comes to dollars and cents because the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is the only true arbiter on Capitol Hill. All fair points.

So when those same healthcare groups--hospitals, doctors, device makers, drug makers, insurance companies and workers--met Obama's deadline Monday by offering some specifics about their plans, did it make Republican lawmakers any less dubious?

No. No, it did not.

"I'm skeptical that these proposals will add up to anywhere near $2 trillion. In the legislative process, proposals rise or fall based on what CBO says about them, and the same will be true here," Senate Finance Committee ranking member Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica attracts scrutiny | House passes cyber response team bill | What to know about Russian cyberattacks on energy grid Overnight Finance: Congress races to finish .2T funding bill | What to look for in omnibus | AT&T merger trial kicks off | Stocks fall on tech troubles | Trump targets Venezuelan cryptocurrency | Record SEC whistleblower payout MORE (R-Iowa), who has hardly been a partisan bomb-thrower on healthcare reform as he and Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusFarmers hit Trump on trade in new ad Feinstein’s trouble underlines Democratic Party’s shift to left 2020 Dems pose a big dilemma for Schumer MORE (D-Mont.) continue to hold out hope of getting a deal, said in a statement.

House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Dave Camp (R-Mich.) wins the directness prize, though. Pretty much as soon as the industry groups released their recommendations Monday, Camp fired off a letter to the CBO asking for a cost analysis.

"Perhaps the most difficult issue in the health reform debate is deciding how to pay for it. Hopefully, the CBO can tell us whether these proposals save enough money to help offset the high cost of health reform," Camp said in statement that is not at all sarcastic.

- Jeffrey Young