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 McConnellMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday that the Senate would delay consideration of its healthcare legislation as Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day McConnell urges GOP senators to 'keep your powder dry' on Supreme Court vacancy McSally says current Senate should vote on Trump nominee 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 PaulSecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill MORE (Ky.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day 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.