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 McConnellHoyer signals House vote on bill to 'remove' debt limit threat Biden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday that the Senate would delay consideration of its healthcare legislation as Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVirginia race looms as dark cloud over Biden's agenda  Sinema's no Manchin, no McCain and no maverick Progressives say go big and make life hard for GOP 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 PaulVaccine 'resisters' are a real problem Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Journalist Dave Levinthal discusses 'uptick' in congressional stock trade violations MORE (Ky.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenators ask Biden administration to fund program that helps people pay heating bills McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Republicans are today's Dixiecrats 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.