Ryan downplays possibility of re-vote on ObamaCare repeal

Ryan downplays possibility of re-vote on ObamaCare repeal
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The House will probably not be forced to re-vote on the GOP's ObamaCare replacement bill despite a potential technical issue, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.) said Friday. 

"No, we don't think that's the case," Ryan said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. 

The House, despite passing the American Health Care Act two weeks ago, is waiting to send the legislation to the Senate until the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) produces its analysis of the bill.

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There is at least some possibility that the new CBO score of the revised bill would find that the measure no longer reduces the deficit, meaning that it does not meet Senate rules governing the reconciliation process, which Republicans are using to avoid a Democratic filibuster. The House would then have to change its bill and vote again.

But Ryan on Friday downplayed the possibility. 

"It's just a technical non-issue, is what it is. Just out of an abundance of caution, we’re waiting to send the bill to the Senate for the final CBO score," he said. 

The CBO said it will likely release the score next week. 

"The CBO score basically has to be in deficit compliance, meaning it can’t produce a deficit. It has to save. And the last CBO score we had, it saved $150 billion dollars," Ryan said.

"The only change that we’ve made since that CBO score was an $8 billion dollar amendment. So, but we just want to, out of an abundance of caution, wait to send the bill over to the Senate when we get the final score. So we’re just basically being overly cautious, but there’s really kind of a non-issue here."