Senate Republicans say they still have a ways to go before they're ready to vote on a health care bill, despite their (very recent) predictions that the whole thing would be wrapped up before July 4. Republicans aren't there yet, in part, because they're still bouncing proposals off the Congressional Budget Office — and the results of those conversations will affect what's in the final bill.
The latest: Even though Republicans had raised expectations that they were finishing a draft bill, it turns out that GOP leaders actually submitted multiple policy options to the budget office — partly explaining why senators won't say much about their bill, let alone release a draft of it.
Both the bill and its CBO score will be public eventually, and there's nothing inherently scandalous about trying to run the traps on a piece of legislation before bringing it to the floor.
The problem: What happens next? How long will the bill be publicly available before a vote? Will policy experts have time to digest it, and will voters have time to process that analysis? Will there be a real, good-faith opportunity for senators to offer amendments? GOP leaders have already short-circuited an awful lot of the process by not holding hearings or committee markups.
Working with CBO now will likely help Senate Republicans avoid the kind of bad-news bombshells the House experienced — but it's making that July 4 timetable look less and less realistic.