May 19, 2017
The bill to overturn and replace Obamacare is still languishing in the House. It has not been sent over to the Senate for consideration. The bill is being scored by the Congressional Budget Office. The scoring is expected to be finished next week. Republicans pushed the legislation through before last minute amendments could be scored by the CBO. If the bill is sent to the Senate but does not save at least $2 billion, Republicans would have to start all over with a new budget resolution. If Republicans keep the bill in the House until after it is scored and it does not meet the threshold of $2 billion, it can be changed. But it will require one more vote in the House. The legislation barely passed the first time. Getting the votes from reluctant Republicans a second time will be difficult.