McCain Hasn't Seen The New Health-Care Bill, Wonders If Russians Have

A number of U.S. senators are complaining about being asked to vote on a health-care bill they have not had an opportunity to read, according to Newsmax.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he will schedule a floor vote “likely next week” on the upper chamber’s version of the American Health Care Act that the House of Representatives passed by the narrow margin of 217-213. The measure calls for major changes in Obamacare (formally known as the Affordable Care Act), but not a full repeal of the law.

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, was asked whether he had seen the Senate measure. “No, nor have I met any American that has,” he responded. “I’m sure the Russians have been able to hack in and gotten most of it.”

Bloomberg News reported that even members of the Senate working group that has been drafting the bill have not had a chance to read the entire measure. One of the lawmakers, GOP Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, said: “I haven’t seen it yet, either.” He was not satisfied with McConnell’s promise to circulate a “discussion draft” of the bill on Thursday.

“Even though we thought we were going to be in charge of writing a bill within this working group, it’s not being written by us,” Lee declared in a video he posted on Facebook. “It’s apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership in the Senate. So if you’re frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration. I share it wholeheartedly.”

Sen. Susan Collins, speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, said she was “very eager to see the language.” The Maine Republican expressed concern that the discussion draft will be insufficient. “I don’t think it gives enough time to thoroughly analyze the bill, but we’ll see when it comes out,” she said. GOP Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania also announced that they will not decide how to vote until they have read the full bill. Among other Republicans taking the same position are Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who chairs the Finance Committee, and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, according to Bloomberg.

McConnell confirmed that the measure will not be the same as the House version of the AHCA. “I wouldn’t want to compare it to the House bill. It’ll be different, take a different approach,” he said. “Everyone will have adequate time to take a look at it.” No committee hearings on the legislation are scheduled, and McConnell intends to allow only 10 hours of debate on the Senate floor. He is expected to use the “nuclear option,” requiring a simple 50-vote majority rather than a filibuster-proof 60 votes to approve the measure.

Democrats also are upset about the secretive process. “No one in America” knows the bill’s details, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. He called the AHCA the “textbook example of a mean bill” because it would “sabotage” Obamacare’s health-insurance marketplaces and leave more than 20 million people without access to affordable coverage. President Trump also has acknowledged that the House bill is “mean.” However, White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed this week that “the president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it.” The spokesman said “any ideas are welcome to strengthen it.”

Source: Newsmax
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