WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, today released the following statement on the text of the discussion draft of the Senate Trumpcare bill:
“Senate Republicans have written a bill behind closed doors to hide the painful effect it will have on millions of Americans. No hearings, no committee markups, almost no time to review the bill.
“This stands in stark contrast to how Democrats enacted the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2009 and 2010. The Senate Finance Committee spent eight days marking up the legislation, considered 135 amendments, and posted the bill nearly a week before it was considered. Before consideration of the ACA in the House Ways and Means Committee, Democrats posted a draft bill four weeks in advance of acting on the bill and held a public hearing on the legislation, after holding a half dozen hearings on specific health reform issues in that same year – including one with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Other House and Senate Committees also spent considerable time working on the legislation.
“Republicans in both the House and the Senate have completely failed to live up to these standards of transparency. They know the more the public learns about their bill to repeal health coverage for millions of Americans, the more the American people will reject it.”