Dems' motions, speeches knock GOP health bill for secrecy
Jun 20 2017 by Larry Hoffman
Republicans have held no committee meetings or votes on the measure, which McConnell is trying to produce from numerous private meetings among GOP senators.
"People (are) working in secret on a bill that they're going to try to force through Congress with no public input, no hearings, no meetings, no markups, no debate, no public accountability", he said in the talk-a-thon, which dragged into a fifth hour.
President Donald Trump privately called the House bill "mean" last week.
Other Democrats delivered speeches on how the AHCA would affect the average American and how the Republicans' process of passing the bill compares to the way Democrats passed Obamacare. As Politico noted, while some Democrats in the Senate are planning to block lengthy committee hearings on Tuesday, it's not clear whether the whole of the party is committed to maintaining the standoff beyond the start of the week. What impact will this legislation have on the lives of 300+ million people? Democrats were more than happy to remind the GOP of that extended 2009 debate, as we wait to see if there will be final action over the next ten days on a GOP health care bill.
The procedures McConnell will use will let Senate Republicans pass the bill as long as no more than two of the 52 GOP senators oppose it.
McConnell responded that senators would meet on the Senate floor with an unlimited amendment process. Lawmakers at the time were pressured by constituents to "Read the bill!" before they voted.
A group of ten Republican Senators are secretly meeting and writing a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. He said the entire Senate Republican conference has been "active and engaged" for months on legislation that would stabilize insurance markets, remove mandates to buy insurance, and preserve access to care for those with pre-existing conditions. "Now, Democrat efforts to feign outrage over health care negotiations should be seen for what it is - a pure partisan game aimed at placating the far-left".
What's more, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House health care bill would result in 23 million fewer people with insurance in a decade, and it would leave many sicker and older Americans with much higher costs. In the House, conservatives have written to McConnell to express concern about reports that say the Senate may water down the House bill.
Democrats have been pushing back against the Republican plot, and plans are in place to slow down business in the Senate to hinder the passing of legislation.