Surprise! Secret Senate Trumpcare Bill Just as ‘Mean’ & Destructive
As Senate Republicans work secretly in back rooms on their version of Trumpcare, no one seems to know what’s in it. It’s being crafted with such secrecy, even HHS Secretary Tom Price has not seen the bill. And it turns out, we’re not the only ones who think the American people deserve to know what’s in the dangerous bill, and how it will affect American families:
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) when asked about the secrecy of the bill: “Well join the crowd. I’m in the same category.”
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) when asked about comfort level with secret health care bill process: ‘None.’
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY): ‘I think it’s being written, uh, by someone somewhere but I’m not aware of who or where … If you get a copy of it, will you send me a copy?’
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA): ‘Would I have preferred a more open process? The answer is yes.’
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): ‘I hope they start sharing with Members.’
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich: ‘Mistake’ to write health bill in secret.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): ‘Do I think that’s the best way to go? No, I’m a process person.’
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI): ‘This is, unfortunately, a fact-free zone around here … Around here, the last step is getting information, which doesn’t seem like necessarily the most effective process.’
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN): ‘I would have liked to have seen a public process – get buy-in from the public … but that’s obviously not what’s going to happen.’
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS): ‘Everybody ought to be at the table.’
Yeah, we agree. Here’s what we know for sure: Senate Republicans aren’t making Trumpcare better. They are just working harder to obscure the disastrous consequences Trumpcare will have in the lives of hard-working families across America – with soaring costs for less coverage, gutting protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and destroying Medicaid.
As the destructive Trumpcare legislation moves through the Senate, Democrats will continue to fight with all our strength to protect the American people Trumpcare’s assault on health care.