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The CBO Score: To Be Continued...

11:28 AM, Mar 18, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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The link to the full, new CBO score is, here (PDF).

But this is health care. There is never any sense of closure or finality to be had, so I give you the CBO's up-front caveat about this score:

Although CBO completed a preliminary review of legislative language prior to its
release, the agency has not thoroughly examined the reconciliation proposal to verify its
consistency with the previous draft. This estimate is therefore preliminary, pending a
review of the language of the reconciliation proposal, as well as further review and
refinement of the budgetary projections.

Our friend Phil Klein is doing a quicker read of the score than most, and his updates can be found, here. Factoid:

HC bills would cost $17 billion in first 4 years, $923 billion in remaining 6 years!

The White House reacts, as reported by Major Garrett on Twitter: "WH anxiety was over a CBO setback, not hope for a clincher. WH believes its on track and House will pass bill Sunday."

Update: Congress Daily reporter Anna Edney reports a leadership aide tells her a final CBO score will be released Friday or Saturday.

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