Senate GOP Working in Secret to Reshape Healthcare Plan

House Republicans managed to put together a healthcare plan that barely passed a floor vote. Even then, some House Republicans did not believe the plan did enough to replace Obamacare. Senate Republicans seemed more skeptical about the House plan and promised to revise it to make it better. Reports indicate they are doing just that, but are doing it in secret and not giving anyone a clue as what their revisions are.

The Senate is negotiating its own legislation to repeal and replace much of the Affordable Care Act in secret talks with senators hand-picked by party leaders and with no plans for committee hearings to publicly vet the bill.

“I am encouraged by what we are seeing in the Senate. We’re seeing senators leading,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, one of the 13 Republicans involved in the private talks. “We’re seeing senators working together in good faith. We’re not seeing senators throwing rocks at each other, either in private or in the press.”

Senate Democrats have a different take. “Your morning reminder that under the cloud cover of the FBI story, 13 GOP Senators are still secretly writing a bill to destroy the ACA,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted Monday morning…

Chances are, the only things that will make the GOP plan any better than Obamacare will end up costing taxpayers more money. In order to provide better coverage and benefits, someone has to pay for it and in the end that will be you and me. The question now is how much will it cost us and it will it really be any better?

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