CBO Makes the Senate Wait for its Inaccurate Score

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee put off its vote as it waited for the Congressional Budget Office to come up with a score for the health reform bill, even though CBO has stated publicly it cannot accurately score an bill that is not in legislative language.

The Senate Finance Committee has produced a conceptual bill, a whole lot like an essay, not in legislative language.

But still, the Senate waits for an inaccurate score, as Reuters reports:

“Democratic hopes for a quick Senate Finance Committee vote on a broad U.S. healthcare overhaul were dashed on Monday as budget experts took longer than expected with their estimate of the bill’s cost.The panel, chaired by Senator Max Baucus, agreed to delay a vote until it received a preliminary analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Aides said that number would not be ready until later in the week, killing hopes for a vote as early as Tuesday.

“We are expecting CBO scores later this week and will vote after we get those scores,” a panel aide said.”

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