Monday, March 13, 2017
Dems' Secret Weapon for killing GOP's ObamaCare replacement?
The Hill by Bob Cusak --
An obscure office within the Department of Health and Human Services could play a major role in determining the fate of the House Republican bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
As the healthcare world anticipates the cost estimate of the controversial legislation by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary may also be putting its own price tag on the measure.
The CBO is Congress's official scorekeeper, but if the CMS puts out a similar analysis, it could help shield the non-partisan CBO from criticism.
The CMS Office of the Actuary falls under the umbrella of Health and Human Services, but it is an independent entity.It is unclear if a score will emerge from the CMS, though it is entirely possible.