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Posted 17 June 2017 - 10:00 AM

<p>In 2010, Congressional Republicans complained about the way Democrats handled the Affordable Care Act, saying it was rushed and secretive.</p>
<p>Now they're coming under the same criticism themselves, as Senate Republicans say they'd like to approve their revision of the House-passed American Health Care Act before the July 4 recess, using a process that limits floor debate to 20 hours -- even though they have not yet revealed any details of those revisions.</p>
<p>And that's after the House passed the AHCA without waiting for the Congressional Budget Office score on its final version.</p>
<p>A New York Times editorial summarizes the difference between the legislative processes of the two health care proposals.</p>
<p>On the ACA, it wrote, &quot;The House and Senate came up with several competing bills, held dozens of hearings, accepted Republican Amendments and spent countless hours soliciting feedback from public interest groups and the health care industry&quot; over the course of a year.</p>
<p>Of the AHCA it said, &quot;By contrast, instead of public drafts and hearings, we now have to settle for a series of leaks from Capitol Hill about what is or isn't in the bill.&quot;</p>
<p>Julie Rovner, a veteran health care reporter with the Kaiser Health News, wrote about the issue in a story titled &quot;Descent Into Secrecy: Senate Health Talks Speak To Steady Retreat From Transparency.&quot;</p>
<p>She described the creation of the Affordable Care Act as &quot;both open and closed,&quot; saying it involved hundreds of hearings and markups that lasted days to months, but also weeks of closed-door discussions in what proved an unsuccessful effort to attract Republican support.</p>
<p>&quot;The Senate bill that would ultimately become the foundation of the ACA was written in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office before being debated on the Senate floor for almost a month,&quot; she wrote.</p>
<p>Of Senate Republicans' work on the AHCA, Rovner wrote, &quot;The extreme secrecy is a situation without precedent, at least in creating health law. Still, it’s not hard to see how we got here — and there is plenty of bipartisan blame to go around.&quot;</p>

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:20 AM

Dems will likely shut down Senate

Guess they will wait after Georgia 6
A bad beginning makes a bad ending. Euripides, Aegeus. Greek tragic dramatist (484 BC - 406 BC)

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