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RELEASE: CBO Score Needed Before Health Care Replacement Bill Markup

March 8, 2017
Press Release
Rep. Ro Khanna introduces legislation to ensure open, transparent legislative process

Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) took to the House floor today and introduced legislation that would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to provide a score to the Republican's Affordable Care Act replacement bill before it is considered by the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, or Rules. A publicly available CBO score would indicate how much the replacement proposal actually costs and the number of Americans that are estimated to lose health insurance under the GOP plan.

"When more than 20 million people's right to affordable health care is on the line, Congress cannot rush things. Republicans tried once to keep their proposal behind closed doors, and now they want to rush the entire legislative process," said Rep. Ro Khanna. "This change would allow for a more open, transparent process in Congress, and allow the public to hear from qualified, independent experts to better understand what the bill means for them."

In 2009 and 2010, there was thorough and detailed and public debate of the Affordable Care Act in the House and the Senate. The House held 79 bipartisan hearings and markups on the ACA, and the Senate held 100 hearings between the Finance and HELP committees alone.

Read the legislation here (PDF).

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Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.

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