Republicans Try to Defend Secrecy in Senate Healthcare Debate

Republicans Try to Defend Secrecy in Senate Healthcare Debate

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Senate Democrats took to the floor Monday evening in an attempt to discuss and halt a vote on the Senate healthcare bill.

A team of 13 Senators is currently drafting the Senate version of AHCA which passed the House in May. Democrats and even some Republicans have yet to see the bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hopes bring to vote on next Thursday.

Democrats have been protesting the lack of transparency in the healthcare bill drafting process. They argue that Republican Senators are hiding a bill they know they cannot defend to the American people in an attempt to force it through under the cover of darkness.

Echoes of 2010

It is impossible to hear the current debate and not remember the debate that surrounded healthcare in 2010. Republicans accused Democrats of drafting and negotiating the Affordable Care Act in secret. Of course unlike today’s Republican efforts, Democrats held several bipartisan markups and hearings, there was a White House summit and President Obama specifically addressed the GOP caucus.

Many Republicans were so offended by what they saw as a secretive process, that they took to Twitter to express their displeasure. And here, preserved for times such as these, are snapshots of Republican hypocrisy:

Our current Vice President tweeted:

In a timely development, there is this gem from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price who Represented the 6th District of GA at the time. That district is electing a representative today to fill Price’s vacant House seat in an election that has gained national attention.

In 2009 current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) said: “If you rush this thing through before anybody even knows what it is, that’s not good democracy.” Let’s not forget that the House bill, while not nearly as secretive as the Senate version, was passed before being scored by the Congressional Budget Office.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) suggested that all meetings drafting the Affordable Care Act ought to be made open to the public.

And finally we have this, John Boehner (R-O.H.) who was House Minority leader at the time.