“It was the worst piece of legislation, frankly, against working class people that I can remember in my political life in the Congress. Throwing 23 million people off of health insurance is beyond belief“. Other lawmakers also expressed frustration about the line from Trump, according to the report.
While the final bills that ultimately passed the Senate through both regular order and the budget reconciliation process were revealed late in the game, both the HELP and Finance committees held exhaustive hearings and markups of what became the basis for the laws signed by President Barack Obama.
So far, Democrats have had a tough time getting their message out as the Russian Federation investigations are dominating news coverage and reporters are talking primarily to Republicans in a health debate that relies only on their votes.
In a show of frustration with what they deem the GOP’s “shameful” and “secret” legislative process, Democrats on Monday also held the Senate floor with a series of back-to-back speeches.
The Senator declared that it was “completely unacceptable” that GOP members could write their bill in seclusion, with no input or insight from Senate Democrats or the public as a whole. So I say to the Republican leadership, what are you afraid of?
Republicans are writing their measure privately “because they’re ashamed of it”, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a written statement.
“Republicans can try and ram through their health care bill in secret, but voters will know exactly who to blame when their costs spike and their coverage is cut”, said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein.
After some tweaking, the bill passed the second time it was introduced. If McConnell puts a bill on the Senate floor using the fast-track process to avoid a filibuster, they want Democrats to delay debate by offering numerous amendments. The initial House bill was posted online for 30 days before the first of three committees began voting on the measure, and the Senate spent 25 days debating health care overhaul. Now that the House measure has come to the Senate, Wyden said that McConnell has “committed to rushing the bill to a partisan vote on the floor with no review, no hearings, and no accountability to the American people”.
Given the fact that the AHCA has consistently polled dismally, with many polls showing a majority of Americans disapprove of the House bill, the comments from Trump appear to be another concern that the healthcare debate could harm Republicans in the 2018 midterms.