[FB] Voting on health care bill without a CBO score

(May 4, 2017)

Won’t get into the politics of this, but I do believe that there is a right and wrong way to do governance, and while the line may sometimes seem blurry, we are witnessing an egregious display of the worst in partisanship with the impending US HoR vote on AHCA. Namely the rushed effort to get an important piece of legislation on health care passed (whatever you think of the legislation itself), before the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office can complete its evaluation (which apparently will come a few days after the vote on the legislation). Actually the aim is to pass it before the recess, but that’s a function of how cobbled together this measure is – something, anything to push it over the line as a “victory.”

Some have criticized the ACA process as having also been partisan, but at least it was deliberative

(my follow-up)

Caught Marketplace on NPR as they interviewed the former CBO director Doug Elmendorf: “…it is a terrible mistake for the House to proceed without a CBO estimate at this point. That just violates the very sensible norms of knowing what you’re voting on before you vote.”  https://www.marketplace.org/2017/05/04/economy/terrible-mistake-vote-health-care-bill-without-CBO-score-former-director-says/

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