Levin Amendment Offered in Ways and Means Markup: Require CBO Score on ACA Repeal Bill

Mar 8, 2017 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) today offered an amendment at the Ways and Means Committee markup that calls for any Affordable Care Act repeal legislation to have a public score from the Congressional Budget Office available seven days prior to committee consideration.

“In 2009, when Democrats brought health reform legislation through this Committee, we posted draft legislative language one month in advance. We held a hearing specifically on that draft, in addition to holding six other health hearings that year. One of those hearings was to hear from the Secretary of HHS,” said Rep. Levin. “Republicans complained bitterly that it was not enough.  But now you bring forth legislation that doesn’t meet any of the criteria that Democrats met.”

Republicans would not agree to the transparency measure, designed to ensure both Members and the public can fully understand the impact of the repeal legislation. The amendment was ruled out of order. A pdf of the amendment is available here.