CBO: We're not saying you can't vote on Graham-Cassidy, we're just saying we won't know dick about it for weeks.
2018 MIDTERM ELECTION
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CBO aims to provide preliminary assessment of Graham-Cassidy bill by early next week
CBO is aiming to provide a preliminary assessment of the Graham-Cassidy bill by early next week. That assessment, which is being prepared with the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, will include whether the legislation would reduce on-budget deficits by at least as much as was estimated for H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, as passed by the House on May 4, 2017; whether Titles I and II in the legislation would each save at least $1 billion; and whether the bill would increase on-budget deficits in the long term. CBO will provide as much qualitative information as possible about the effects of the legislation, however CBO will not be able to provide point estimates of the effects on the deficit, health insurance coverage, or premiums for at least several weeks.
I'm not an expert on U.S. Senate rules by any means, so I have no clue whether this will be allowed by the Parlimentarian or not...and even if it isn't, McConnell & the GOP could simply overrule the Parlimentarian...although if that's the case, then John McCain's vow to stick to "regular order" was a joke all along anyway.
Then again, even if the Parlimetarian does rule it kosher, this isn't remotely close to "regular order" anyway, so McCain voting "Yes" this time around would be an incredibly hypocritical flip-flop of (literally) historic proportions. Which may not mean much.
What I do know is that they're now talking about voting directly on a bill which would massively change 1/6th of the entire national economy, directly impact tens of millions of lives and steal tens of billions of dollars from blue states to give away to red states without any clue what the impact would be in terms of the number of people with healthcare coverage, insurance premiums or even the deficit.
They'll be flying blind and deaf through the Alps in a plane with no radar.
On the other hand...
a few lobbyists now have pointed out that there is only 90 seconds of debate time left for Cassidy-Graham
— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) September 18, 2017
Well, that's convenient, since it's not like they're gonna have much information to debate in those 90 seconds anyway...
UPDATE: Well, this is promising...
McCAIN on Graham-Cassidy: "I am not supportive of the bill yet."
He emphasizes he wants regular order, says CBO non-score affects his view.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 18, 2017
KEEP CALLING: 202.224.3121
TELL YOUR SENATORS TO VOTE *NO* ON GRAHAM-CASSIDY