Reed, 17 Senators Question Republican Rush to Try to Pass Trumpcare special interests know that Trumpcare will cost people more and cover them less, which may be good for someone’s bottom line, but it would be bad for most people’s wallets and public health.
BigNews.Biz - Mar 19,2017 - Reed, 17 Senators Question Republican Rush to Try to Pass Trumpcare
WASHINGTON, DC – Despite the fact that doctors, nurses, hospitals, and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) have sounded the alarm that repealing Obamacare and replacing it with Trumpcare would lead to widespread health coverage losses for 24 million Americans and wreak havoc on the medical finances for patients and the nation’s health care industry alike, Congressional Republicans are still trying to speed passage of the bill.
“Republicans want to rush Trumpcare through without public examination because they know it is not good for the vast majority of Americans. That is unacceptable,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed. “So far, special interests have gotten more input on this bill than the American people. These special interests know that Trumpcare will cost people more and cover them less, which may be good for someone’s bottom line, but it would be bad for most people’s wallets and public health. Trumpcare was sewn together in a haphazard way and won’t function as intended. Instead of taking the time to get it right, Republicans seem intent on rushing Trumpcare through before Americans realize they’ll be charged more for less coverage.”
Today, Reed joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and 16 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter telling Senate Republican leadership not to try to jam Trumpcare through without a transparent and deliberative process.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the 18 senators contrasted the dozens of bipartisan meetings and hearings, and more than 160 hours of floor debate over the Affordable Care Act, with the unprecedented speed at which Congressional Republicans are currently trying to force Trumpcare through Congress.
“In light of your continued desire to repeal and replace the ACA, we wanted to remind you of the extensive and open debate the Senate conducted in drafting and passing the ACA in 2009. In total, the Senate spent more than 160 hours considering the health reform legislation,” wrote the Senators. “By comparison, in 2017 the Republican-majority Senate has rushed through an unprecedented budget resolution that did not even go through the Budget Committee in order to set the stage for a reckless ACA repeal reconciliation bill and has had zero hearings on a replacement plan.
The senators continued, “For many of our constituents, this is a matter of life and death that should not be rushed. With so much at stake, the American people deserve an equally open and thorough debate on the future of the health care sector as occurred in 2009.”
While debating the Affordable Care Act in 2009, Senate consideration of the bill included:
25 consecutive days, 160 hours, of debate on the Senate floor
57 bipartisan HELP Committee hearings, meetings, roundtables and walkthroughs
300 HELP Committee amendments
Adopted more than 160 Republican amendments
53 Finance Committee hearings, meetings, negotiations and walkthroughs
7-day Finance Committee