The Senate healthcare bill will face its biggest test early next week

Mitch mcconnellMark Wilson/Getty ImagesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a press conference in December.

The Congressional Budget Office will release its score for the Senate’s healthcare bill early next week.

The report from the CBO and the Joint Committee on taxation will estimate changes to the number of people with healthcare coverage, changes to the federal deficit, and other potential effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act released by Senate Republicans on Thursday.

“CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation are in the process of preparing an estimate for the Senate health care plan and aim to release it early next week,” read the release from the CBO. “The estimate will be published on CBO’s website.”

The score for the House’s healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act, projected 23 million fewer Americans would have health insurance under the AHCA than under the current system. It also estimated that the bill would cut the federal deficit by $US119 billion over t10n years. The Senate bill must cut at least that much from the deficit to qualify under the reconciliation process.

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