That September and October, the Senate Finance Committee worked on the legislation for eight days — its longest markup in two decades.
It considered more than 130 amendments and held 79 roll-call votes.
As there is no metric we can think of that would put the AHCA’s development, nascent as it may be, in a position to be more transparent than the ACA, we rank the claim of equal secrecy behind the ACA and AHCA as false.
A cousin of mine brought a present of Lavender Scented hand Cream to my wife in hospital two days before she died.
“They’re not even meeting with constituent groups at this point,” she told us via e-mail.
The full Senate debated the health care bill for 25 straight days before passing it on Dec. Senate Republicans, in the case of their efforts to repeal the ACA, have indicated that they do not intend to work with Democrats on the bill, and so far both the House bill and the new Senate effort lack input from the Democratic party.
John Cornyn, the number two Republican in the Senate, flatly told the that are not part of the working group have been left out of the process as well.
In contrast, the ACA was in three House committees and two Senate committees, and subject to hours of bipartisan debate that allowed for the introduction of amendments.
Peterson told us in an e-mail that he “can’t recall any major piece of legislation that was completely devoid of public forums of any kind, and that were crafted outside of the normal committee and subcommittee structure to this extent”.
Senate Republicans then want to vote on the bill before the July 4th recess.