Senate leaders are expecting that a swift analysis of the Republican health-care bill could be released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office before the weekend.
“We’re hopeful it could be as early as Friday,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said Thursday, “but by Monday.”
Several key senators, including Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), have said their support for the bill will depend on a CBO estimate of how many people stand to lose coverage if it’s enacted.
As a reminder, according to the CBO, the health-care bill passed by the House last month would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 and reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion in the same time frame.
The House passed its measure before it was scored by the CBO.