Senator says Senate won’t vote on healthcare bill until key report is available

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A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score was not made before the House of Representatives voted to narrowly pass the GOP’s new healthcare bill.  However, the Senate will wait for a revised CBO score before voting to pass the new healthcare bill into law, according to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).

“The Senate is going to have to have the kind of score they need to move this forward, and the Senate is going to be looking at this to see what we can do to take the House’s work — look at what the House did — and  look at what we can do to improve that in our view,” Blunt told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

After a previous version of the American Health Care Act was pulled from a vote in March, the MacArthur Amendment was added so that states could essentially opt out of certain ObamaCare provisions, including restrictions on insurance companies increasing premiums based on individuals’ health.

Some senators were not happy that the bill was not scored by the CBO before heading to the House floor for a vote. As a result, Blunt said that the Senate would take the time it needs to get enough votes and a CBO score instead of rushing to a vote.

“In all likelihood, you have to go back to the House and say ‘Here’s what you think, here’s what we think. Let’s be sure we get people more access. Let’s be sure we solve the problems of ObamaCare,’” said Blunt, suggesting that the current bill is still a work-in-progress.

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