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The Health 202: CBO score of Senate health bill certainly doesn't ease McConnell's path to 50

June 27, 2017 12:58 PM
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Expect lots of tinkering of the Senate health-care bill in the next few days as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tries to fine-tune his Obamacare overhaul to garner enough votes for passage later this week. The road to success looks steeper than ever as senators appear to dig in against it. Yet McConnell built some spending wiggle room into his legislation, giving him some leeway to bulk up its benefits as a way of gaining more political traction should he need it.

The numbers from the Congressional Budget Office rolled out yesterday: Twenty-two million more people would be uninsured by 2026 under the Senate GOP health-care bill, Congress' official scorekeeper estimated. It's a big number, one that certainly doesn't ease the pathway toward the 50 Republican vo...

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