GOP Sen. Says CBO Score Makes Him ‘More Concerned’ About Health Care Bill


Senator Bill Cassidy told CNN’s Jim Sciutto this afternoon that the CBO score released this afternoon on the Senate health care bill makes him “more concerned.”

The Louisiana Republican––who got a lot of attention in the ongoing health care debate when he talked about wanting legislation that passes the “Jimmy Kimmel test”––was asked by Sciutto about his response to the score. He said, “I don’t quite understand it.”

He told Sciutto he wants to understand why the coverage numbers haven’t “moved that much” from the House bill, adding, “I can’t comment on something before I understand it.”

At one point, Sciutto brought up what Kellyanne Conway said on TV yesterday about there not being Medicaid cuts in the bill. He asked, “Is the GOP misleading Americans about what’s actually in this bill?”

Cassidy dismissed the suggestion that Conway speaks for the GOP before talking about the issue at hand.

He did clarify at one point that he has “not committed” to voting for the bill, and when Sciutto asked him if the CBO score makes him more or less likely to vote for the bill, Cassidy said this:

“It makes me more concerned. I’ve been uncommitted, and I remain uncommitted. I mean, just deadline uncommitted. But it certainly makes me more concerned and want to explore this more.”

Yesterday Kimmel tweeted Cassidy a reminder about the phrase he coined:

Watch above, via CNN.

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