CBO won't have Monday score for Senate healthcare bill

CBO won't have Monday score for Senate healthcare bill
© Greg Nash

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will not release a score on Monday for the Senate GOP's revised healthcare bill.

The news comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday that the Senate would delay consideration of its healthcare legislation as Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) stays in his home state to recover from surgery.

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"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act," McConnell said in a statement Saturday.

The CBO was expected to release its analysis of the Senate GOP's healthcare bill as early as Monday, according to Bloomberg News.

Two GOP senators — Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State MORE (Ky.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight 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 Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (Maine) — have already announced their opposition to the latest version of the bill, which Senate Republicans unveiled last week.

Two White House aides sought to preemptively cast doubt on the CBO's assessment, claiming in an op-ed the estimate would be "little more than fake news."

In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short and Brian Blase, a special assistant to the president for healthcare policy at the National Economic Council, urged Americans to give "little weight" to the CBO analysis, known as a score.

The office's assessment of the Senate's original healthcare bill estimated the plan would leave 22 million more people without insurance over the next decade than under ObamaCare.