Trump calls GOP health care bill 'mean'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 3:59
Even some top Republicans are calling this a bad process.
To push the Republican senators to open the healthcare debate to the public, Senate Democrats launched a protest Monday against the secrecy around the revival of the Republican party's American Health Care Act (AHCA) and rescission of Obamacare. McConnell tapped a 13-member working group last month to hash out senators' differences over the House-passed American Health Care Act.
And Rep. Lee Zeldin, a New York Republican who voted for the health care plan, said he heard "nothing anywhere near" the kind of analysis of the bill that Trump gave privately in a recent dinner with the President.
Other Republicans are warning they're not committing to a yay or a nay until they have days to pour over the bill, thus far being worked on in private. They held the floor Monday evening for a series of speeches in opposition to the bill. Those comments echo Trump's characterization of the House health care bill as "mean".
"The Republicans negotiate in secret, behind closed doors; they refuse to allow anyone to see the bill; they won't tell anyone what's in it.No hearings, no reviews, no public look at what the Republicans are up to".
His actions since then, however, suggest he doesn't necessarily want his brand attached to this bill and all the sausage-making that goes with it.
The senator, who read from a handful of those letters, added that her office has also received more than 1,000 phone calls from Americans who are scared and angry about the "closed doors" efforts to modify the health care system. GOP leadership is reportedly planning to bring the resulting product to the floor for a vote without any substantive mark-up process in committee, as would be expected under regular order.
Each time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calmly rose from his desk at the front of the chamber and objected to their requests. Senators from high-cost states insist that efficiency is not the key factor, and that they need more funding. They're not as quick to do something about it, even though just two or three members could drastically alter McConnell's approach by withholding their support until the process was made more open.
"Republicans haven't held a single hearing on Trumpcare".
Monday night, Democrats gave late-night speeches meant to clog up other Senate business and draw attention to lack of information on the crafting of the American Health Care Act, which is being revamped after passing the House to applause from GOP lawmakers. He went as far as claiming that while "ISIS can do bad things, ... it's the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election".
Democrats' largely symbolic effort was likely to have little or no impact on how McConnell handles the measure, which he'd like the Senate to approve by the end of next week.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats want to refer the House version of the repeal bill to the committee process for full debate and vetting.
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voting against it. Democrats unanimously supported the bill after they were able to add an amendment to it imposing new sanctions against Russian Federation, too. They unanimously oppose the GOP bill but lack the votes to defeat it.
The senator from Arizona thinks Russians have already hacked into the Senate GOP's health care bill as "no American" has seen this bill as of yet.