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Senate asks for CBO score on Cruz’s healthcare proposal

Senate asks for CBO score on Cruz’s healthcare proposal
© Greg Nash

Senate Republicans are asking the Congressional Budget Office to analyze a healthcare bill that includes changes proposed by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzYang: Those who thought tweet in support of Israel was 'overly simplistic' are correct CNN asks Carol Baskin to comment on loose Texas tiger Republicans have dumped Reagan for Trump MORE (R-Texas), Axios reported Saturday.

They are also asking the independent scorekeeper to come out with an estimate on a healthcare bill without the proposed changes, in an effort to better understand the potential effects of Cruz's plan. 

Cruz, who has said that he cannot vote for the Senate Republicans' healthcare bill in its current form, proposed an amendment to the measure this week that would allow health insurers to sell plans that do not meet the standards required by the Affordable Care Act.

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Under that provision, insurance companies would still be required to sell at least one plan that meets the ACA's standards.

The plan could win support by some conservatives in the Senate, like Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBuckingham Palace requests 'Trump Train' remove image of queen from bus The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Overnight Health Care: Biden announces 1M have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period | Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins | Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines MORE (R-Kent.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHillicon Valley: Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack | Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan | Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan GOP governor says Republican Party has to allow for differences MORE (R-Utah), who say the current Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) does not do enough to repeal ObamaCare or lower insurance premiums.

By requiring insurers to offer at least one plan in each market that meets ObamaCare's regulatory standards, Cruz's plan could appease moderate Republicans, who have called for the Senate bill to maintain the ACA's rule prohibiting insurers from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions.

The CBO released its assessment of the BCRA on Monday, estimating that the measure would trim the federal deficit by $321 billion, but would also increase the number of uninsured people by 22 million over the next decade.

Updated at 8:50 p.m.