Why are Senate Republicans hiding their health care bill?

OK, let’s set aside the partisanship to objectively consider that question.

Senate Republicans are writing a bill in secret that would:

  • change one-sixth of our economy,
  • cause at least 20 million Americans to lose health insurance,
  • eliminate thousands of jobs in healthcare, and 
  • significantly change the insurance many of the rest of us have.

Many Republican Senators have yet to see the bill. HHS Secretary Tom Price has not seen the bill. The President has not seen the bill. The Wall Street Journal is upset with the process. The Conservative Review reports Orrin Hatch (UT), the second-highest ranking Republican Senator hasn’t seen the bill.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell has crafted a process to repeal-and-replace ACA that:

  • eliminates Senate requirements for debate,
  • doesn’t allow members of his own party or any Senate committee to review the bill before it hits the floor, and
  • avoids an accurate assessment by the Congressional Budget Office.

When ACA was passed back in 2009, there was:

  • 25 days of open public debate on the floor of the Senate
  • 13 days of open committee hearings
  • consideration of hundreds of amendments
  • months of meetings of the Gang of Six – three Republican and three Democratic Senators

Then-Minority Leader McConnell had this to say about ACA’s passage in 2009:

“This massive piece of legislation that seeks to restructure one-sixth of our economy is being written behind closed doors, without input from anyone, in an effort to jam it past not only the Senate but the American people…”

What does this mean for you?

Are you OK with this?

2 thoughts on “Why are Senate Republicans hiding their health care bill?

  1. My son had chest pain and went to the ER on a Wednesday night around midnight. The ER was packed. He got priority due to the chest pain which was diagnosed as pneumonia. When done, he asked the Doc if this was a high volume night. The Doc said, “No. It’s like this every night. 90% of the people here have routine issues and shouldn’t be in the ER, so the system is broken.” I don’t know what the new system will look like, but the status quo is insane. I haven’t seen my own doc in over a year. Visits are too expensive. Not long ago I used to pay $10 for wellness visits. There’s no more preventative care which means people have to be very ill before they’ll visit the doctor. Not sure what the new plan will look like, but it can’t be any worse than the system we have today. My advice: eat healthy, excerise, have a good prayer life.

  2. I am still healthy at 80 but realize that anything could happen. My former boss, the president of a think tank in La Jolla, CA, author of many books, was healthy too and had a sudden stroke at age 86. He cannot even sign his own name now. Luckily he could afford to live in a seaside managed health-care facility. But I, on Social Security, live with my daughter and son-in-law, whose income is less than $40K a year. and who also depend on half of my Social Security check. Should I somehow deteriorate mentally, and the GOP’s new AHCA bill is passed, I and hundreds of thousands like me are doomed. I am on Medi-Cal (California’s name for Medicaid). So many of us will have no choice but to find a way to die jn dignity. I for one plan to go to Mexico where it is legal and done in a compassionate and affordable manner. This will be done if I am ever diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. To live in fear in a Trump world, a country whose increasingly coarsened politics are normalized means, for me, that 2017 is the new “1984” and Big Brother types will be the Presidents of the future.

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