Republicans Are Hiding Health Care Plan Because They’re ‘So Ashamed,’ Schumer Says
WASHINGTON ― Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has a pretty good idea why Senate Republican leaders are withholding the details of their health care repeal bill from the public ― because “they are so ashamed,” Schumer said on Monday.
After more than a half-dozen Senate Republicans declared they would never pass the measure the House passed earlier this year to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, legislators in the upper chamber have been working behind closed doors to come up with their own bill in hopes of finding the minimum 50 votes they need.
Like their colleagues in the House, they’ve held no hearings or public debates on what they’re considering. But they are reportedly taking the secrecy a step further and planning to keep the measure under wraps even after they send it to the Congressional Budget Office to get an official nonpartisan estimate of its impact on Americans.
The CBO projected that the House’s version of the bill, called the American Health Care Act, would drive some 23 million people off their insurance plans. Initial reports suggest the compromise plan the Senate is drawing up would actually have a similar effect.
Senate Republicans have said they’re aiming to pass something by July 4. But if they intend to keep the measure secret until the CBO is done estimating its impact, there would be very little time to vet the measure in public.
That set of circumstances prompted Schumer to accuse Republicans of cowardice, charging them and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of crafting a measure they know will only please core members of their base.
“Leader McConnell used to stress the importance of regular order in the Senate,” Schumer said. “Why is he proceeding with the Republican health care bill in the […]