As you know if you pay attention, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) took over a year from introduction until passage. The legislation underwent dozens of public hearings, markups by both parties, days of open floor debate, consultation with hundreds of outside shareholders, and more. Republicans were allowed to propose amendments, and some of them passed. Despite this, for years Republicans have claimed that Democrats somehow "crammed Obamacare down Americans' throats." And way too many people repeat the lie.
Now, in an act of utter hypocrisy, Senate leadership is crafting their version of the Trumpcare bill to repeal Obamacare in complete secrecy. They're not even allowing other Republicans to see it, and have shut out interested medical professionals and Health and Human Services from having any input. That's because they know that if the details get out, public backlash will put pressure on them not to pass it.
Tonight, the Senate Democrats are trying to bring the draft bill out into the open with a Senate floor talk-a-thon. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut had this to say:
My constituents, even though they're represented by Democrats, have no less rights than the citizens of Iowa or the citizens of Texas who are represented by Republicans. Why are my constituents not allowed to see the details of what's about to happen to their lives? Why are only a select group of Americans able to have a voice inside that room? Why are the people of Connecticut going to get like three minutes to look at this bill once it hits the senate floor? My constituents are Americans just like the constituents in Republican states are Americans.They deserve to know what's about to happen to them. You're breaking the Senate. And it won't get put back together that easily.Damn straight. Double damn straight. This is wrong, wrong, wrong. It's not making America Great Again, it's destroying America. And if you think this is anything like when Obamacare was passed, you're also wrong, wrong, wrong. Empirically and utterly wrong.