This Republican Senator Who's Helping Write The AHCA Hasn't Even Seen The Bill
While there are many issues that divide Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, one point that some may actually be starting to agree on is that the secrecy of the American Health Care Act text has gone too far. Although he was named to the Senate group to rewrite the AHCA, Utah Sen. Mike Lee says he hasn't seen the AHCA bill.
After the House of Representatives passed the AHCA in May, the Senate Republican leadership put together a team of 13 male senators to draft a revised version. And now, the Senate is pushing for an AHCA vote sometime next week.
However, there have been concerns about the lack of transparency throughout the process, as well as the fact that the bill still hasn't been released to senators to read before the potential vote that could affect millions of Americans. According to CNN, Sen. Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that a "discussion draft" will be released on Thursday, which would be about a week before the Senate would possibly vote on the bill.
In a Facebook video, Lee admitted to his constituents that he hasn't seen the draft of the bill, saying:
Lee continued, saying that he shared people's frustration when it comes to the secrecy behind the bill:
He also expressed concern about the Senate not having the ability to see it so close to the vote, even though Republican leadership in the Senate is eager to provide relief for the Affordable Care Act.
Meanwhile, Democrats have adopted a new strategy to stop Senate business to protest the Obamacare repeal. Surely, the next two weeks will be very tense between the parties as Republicans rush to get the bill to a vote and Democrats do everything they can to slow the process down and press for transparency.