How The House Passage of the Obamacare Repeal Broke the Law.

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The vote by the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 277, “The American Health Care Reform Act” violated the law. The law was passed without Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “scoring” estimates of the bill’s costs and impacts. The bill was simply rushed to a vote before the CBO scoring could be done.

Notably, similar scoring on the prior version of the bill in March found that 24 million would lose health insurance, a blockbuster determination that turned public opinion against that bill compelling Republicans to pull it from the floor and cancel the scheduled vote on it. This time around, the Republicans were “smart” enough to not allow such a backlash as they railroaded the Bill’s passage before any such inconvenient scoring by the CBO could occur.

However, such scoring is required by law. Section 308 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 mandates that the report to Congress for any bill providing an increase or decrease in tax revenue or tax expenditures “shall contain” the CBO estimates of how the bill effect the budget.

The bill eliminates various taxes associated with current law (e.g. the tax penalty for not purchasing insurance) and thereby provides for a decrease in tax revenues. We know that. We don’t know how much because Republicans broke the law by not allowing the CBO to score the bill.

Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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