McCaskill touts positives of health bill's CBO score

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Monday stressed the positive elements of the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) score of the Senate's healthcare reform package.

The senator, who voted for cloture on the bill early Monday morning, stressed on Twitter that the CBO still says the legislation will provide health insurance coverage to more people, reduce insuance premiums and reduce the federal deficit:

CBO says over next decade 93% of America will have lower premiums,94% will have ins,& over 20 yrs bill will reduce deficit by 1.4 trillion.

Who is in the 6% that will not be covered? Illegal immigrants.

The CBO corrected its cost estimates of the bill on Sunday, saying that the bill would bring down the budget deficit less than originally expected. 

Senate Republican leaders on Sunday used the new numbers to rail against the bill in the run-up to the cloture vote after midnight on Monday. 

Regardless, Democrats were able to unite thier caucus and pass the cloture motion with 60 votes.


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