Politics

Bernie Sanders Just Slammed the Secret Trumpcare Process

June 12th 2017

By:
Mike Rothschild

Senate Republicans are currently hammering out the details of their version of the Affordable Health Care Act, the House-passed replacement for Obamacare. 

But the process has been shrouded in secrecy, with no hearings scheduled, no debate on the Senate docket, and the distinct possibility that the bill will be voted upon without ever being seen by the public.

In response, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted a single image to encapsulate the secrecy and silence behind Republican deliberations.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is reportedly trying to hurry the AHCA to a vote as soon as the end of June. Since the bill passed the House in early May, Senate Republicans have not held one single minute of public testimony or one hearing, and not one sentence of text has been released to the public.

This has prompted a flurry of tweets asking people to call their Senator and demand they not support Trumpcare. But it's also led to an outcry against Republicans for the secrecy they've veiled everything in.

 

 

 

 

 

In an op-ed about the Senate bill's process thus far, U.S. News and World Report deemed the clandestine vote "an insult to democracy" and pointed out that "in the Senate alone, Obamacare had 80 days of transparency – 36 days of hearings, 18 days of bill markup, 26 days and 270 hours of Senate floor debate." If the bill goes for a vote at this place, it would only get the 20 hours of floor debate that every reconciliation bill receives. 

Sanders isn't the first Democratic Senator to criticize the GOP for the veil of secrecy they're working under. Last week, Missouri's Claire McCaskill blasted Republicans, demanding to know when a hearing would be held.

"We have no idea what’s being proposed," McCaskill said to Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch. "There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making these decisions. There were no hearings in the House."