CBO will not release GOP healthcare bill analysis on Monday

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  July 17, 2017 at 9:16 AM
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July 17 (UPI) -- A Congressional Budget Office aide said the agency will not release its analysis of the revised healthcare bill drafted by Senate Republicans on Monday, following a delay on a vote.

The CBO planned to release its analysis on Monday of the revised version of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, but following the announcement that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed a vote on the bill while Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., recovers from eye surgery to remove a blood clot, the agency will take more time to review the legislation.

The Better Care Act is the Senate Republican effort to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The American Health Care Act was the Republican effort in the House, which passed in early May.

The CBO in its analysis of the American Health Care Act said 23 million people would be uninsured by 2026 if that bill became law.

Two Republican senators -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine -- have already voiced opposition to the latest version of the bill. All Democrats oppose replacing the ACA, meaning Senate Republicans can only lose two of their 52 votes.

The CBO in its analysis of the first draft of the GOP bill said 22 million people will be uninsured by 2026.

A vote on the revised bill is not expected this week as McCain's office on Saturday said the longtime Arizona senator would be recovering in his home state for the following week. McCain's office said the senator underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye on Friday following a routine annual physical at Phoenix's Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Mayo Clinic Hospital said surgeons successfully removed a 5-centimeter blood clot during a "minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision."

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