GOP's Secret Fast-tracking of a Senate Health Care Bill Smacks of Hypocrisy

After weeks of secrecy, GOP senators have finally unveiled a health care bill. Now we urge them to give the nation time to read and discuss the measure during extensive open hearings.This shouldn't be too much to ask. The restructuring of one-sixth of the U.S. economy deserves more than a fleeting look at a draft.Yet, Senate Republicans say they want a vote before the July 4 recess. The only benefit is political. GOP lawmakers can then tell constituents that they fulfilled a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Too much is at stake for such a cynical treatment of major legislation. An estimated 23 million people could lose their health care under the House plan, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. And who knows what impact the Senate version of the bill will have?   Continue reading...

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