Rss@dailykos.com (kerry Eleveld) · Thursday, June 22, 2017, 12:26 pm
Republicans just released the text of their healthcare repeal bill and, at this very moment, they are currently dodging reporters in the halls of Congress so they don’t have to answer for the monstrosity drafted by about a dozen white men entirely behind closed doors.
No fanfare, no press conference, no public explanations where they field press inquiries about the content of the bill. Just a mad dash to outrun reporters.
Oh, and Mitch McConnell weighing in from the Senate floor with this:
"I regret that our Democratic friends made clear early on they did not want to work with us..."
… on taking health care away from tens of millions of Americans (that’s the only logical conclusion to that sentence).
Okay, so just to be clear: Total Secrecy + No Hearings + All GOP Drafters = An open process where Democrats were invited to share their ideas and contribute.
When Sen. Chuck Schumer spoke following McConnell, deriding the bill for robbing health care from millions, McConnell actually had the bald hubris to fault Schumer for talking about a bill he “hadn’t seen a copy of”—because, of course, Republicans held it in total secrecy until Thursday morning. Seriously, Mitch? You draft a bill without any public scrutiny whatsoever so you can jam it through the chamber on a party-line vote and then fault the Democratic minority leader for not knowing what’s in the bill? Good god, McConnell is a conscience-less monster.
Schumer noted, by the way, that 142 pages of the bill had been printed online previous to the release and that’s what he was basing his observations on.