Engel: Republicans Should Not Vote on Graham-Cassidy Without CBO Score

Sep 22, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement:

“Today, I signed a letter with 56 of my Democratic colleagues calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to wait for a complete analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) before holding votes on the GOP’s newly minted Trumpcare 3.0 bill, also known as Graham-Cassidy.

“This issue is simply too important to be dealt with in a haphazard, rushed manner. Our health care sector makes up one sixth of our economy, and tens of millions could lose their insurance if this bill becomes law. We need to know exactly how many people the Graham-Cassidy plan covers and what happens to their premiums. To proceed without that information would be the height of irresponsibility.

“CBO score or no CBO score, there are some things we can be sure of: this new version of Trumpcare will decimate Medicaid, allow insurers to jack up premiums based on your health history, and strip consumers of vital protections that ensure you get value for your money.

This bill, like its predecessors, is a disaster and Senate Republicans should not be allowed to pass it without all of the gory details being made public.”

Please note this statement was originally published on September 22, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.