According to CNN’s Teddy Davis, Senate Democrats are considering shutting down all business in the Senate next week to bring into the open the secret Republican health care bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies are moving forward with crafting an Obamacare repeal bill that could affect coverage for tens of millions of Americans and overhaul an industry that makes up one-sixth of the economy. But there’s one problem: The GOP health care legislation remains shrouded in secrecy and almost no one knows what’s in it.
Senate Dems are weighing whether to bring the chamber's business to a halt next week in an effort to pry open deliberations on health care.
— Teddy Davis (@TeddyDavisCNN) June 17, 2017
As noted by Politicus USA: Democrats can’t wait until Mitch McConnell throws this bill on to the Senate floor to react. They need to be proactive and make Republicans pay for drafting a health care bill in secret.
When one-sixth of the economy and the health and welfare of millions of Americans is on the line, Democrats need to be taking all measures te deliver information to the public.
Senate Democrats have been blasting Republicans for deliberating the health care bill behind closed doors, saying they’ve only been learning of the ongoing negotiations through media reports.
“Please accept our invitation to sit down together in the old Senate Chamber so we can hear your plans and discuss how to make health care more affordable and accessible in the United States,” Schumer writes in the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
After getting no response from McConnel, Democrats plan to shut down the Senate next week as a first step to bring hold Republicans accountable for their actions.