This week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) delivered their estimate of the Senate Finance Committee health care reform package. The bill scored under the $900 billion goal and would reduce the deficit by more than expected while covering millions more of the uninsured. (CQ)
With this news providing momentum, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on October 13, 2009 to clear the bill. A final vote in the Finance Committee will open the door for negotiations to begin on melding that draft with the one previously approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Once that process has been completed, the final bill may be considered by the full Senate as early as the week of October 19, 2009.
BIAA will continue to monitor the situation closely and alert grassroots advocates if necessary.