"The fact of the matter is the American people aren't going to be able to see this bill until days before it's voted on at best".
Before that, they delivered to Republicans a trolling letter, "to assist you in scheduling a hearing", listing 31 rooms the majority might want to use to host public discussion and testimony. And it would take just three of McConnell's Republican colleagues to reveal what is happening behind closed doors.
We are nearing the Fourth of July, which means we are nearing a deadline that Senate Republicans imposed on themselves. Their speedy backstage maneuvers to kill Obamacare - and imperil coverage now enjoyed by tens of millions of Americans - are reportedly nearing fruition, without a single public hearing. The House made their bill public, and it was shouted down by constituents, insurers, hospitals, and physician groups. "I'm in the same category".
Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he's concerned that sending the sanctions bill to the committee will give the Trump administration an opportunity to weaken legislation.
"In addition, we believe that ceasing CSR payments may adversely impact the risk pool (i.e. rising rates may lead healthier consumers who can't afford the premium increases to drop out of the market, which results in a sicker pool remaining in the market), potentially leading to further increases in future years", Morris wrote in a letter to Donnelly.
Lacking the votes to stop it, Democrats are criticizing the still-evolving bill as a stealthy measure that GOP leaders want to rush through the chamber before anyone knows what's really in it.
That echoed Democrats' lambasting of McConnell for writing the wide-ranging legislation in closed-door meetings. Which is amusing in retrospect, because the Senate OK'd Obamacare in 2010 after a floor debate that lasted 25 days.
They said unresolved questions included how to make sure the subsidies can't be used for policies that provide abortions and how fast they can repeal tax boosts Obama levied on high earners and medical companies to finance his statute's expanded coverage. Hence their secrecy, an assault on democracy.
Senate Republicans have been racing to draft the bill since May when the House narrowly passed its version.
McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion draft" of a GOP-only bill scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law by Thursday. The National Women's Law Center issued a call to flood the Senate phone lines and demand that the Republican attack on health care be stopped because it "threatens the health care of millions of people including women, elderly people, children, and people with disabilities".
Don't assume, however, that senators like Rubio will stand up for transparency by taking down Trumpcare.
But the cynicism and bad faith run even deeper than this. Indiana's freshman senator, Todd Young, is one of the 39 Republican senators who will see the bill for the first time Wednesday at a GOP senate caucus meeting, NBC News reported. "They hope that once that's done. everyone else will just give up", he continued. If a kill-Obamacare bill is ultimately signed, maybe Republicans pay a price in the '18 midterms, and maybe not. All we know is that it's being pushed through without a hearing, without even being read, without being scored. "They are hiding this bill because people will be outraged when they find out what's in it", Sen.
Moderate Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she didn't know how she'd vote, saying, "What is the deal we have?" We're guessing you've forgotten about most, if not all of that. Also, several GOP members announced the vote could happen next week, despite the current concerns regarding emerging legislation, as well as the level of disagreement the laws could leave.