Republican Senators Criticize CBO, Welcome Health Plan

© Reuters. US Senator Mitch McConnell speaks at the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Louisville

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Congressional Budget Office report on a Republican health plan points a path to lower insurance premiums, a lower deficit. and a significant reform of social benefits.

McConnnell said the Senate would raise the House of Representatives legislation and leave it open for amendment before passing it. In the same press conference, Republican Senator Roy Blunt said that the CBO is “notoriously bad” at anticipating what will happen in the market.

McConnell also said lawmakers would talk to the Treasury secretary about the timing, but “obviously we will raise the debt ceiling.”

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