These Old GOP Tweets About Health Care Transparency Are Just Ironic

It's ironic how the Republicans, who are keeping Trumpcare under tight wraps, once railed against the lack of transparency in Obamacare.

Senate Republicans continue to construct their version of the American Health Care Act behind closed doors, seemingly indifferent about the fact that this legislation will affect people across the United States and if it is anything like its predecessor, the health care bill approved by the House, it might even kick millions of low-income and poor people off their health insurance.

Despite constant requests and criticism from the Democrats, the Senate committee headed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to share any details of the bill with public.

No one — except the 13 white men on the committee — know how similar or different their secret plan is to the overwhelmingly unpopular initial proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. Moreover, no one knows what health benefits they might lose or if they will have to pay higher premiums for whatever the Senate Republicans deem to categorize as “pre-existing conditions.”

It's ironic how these people, who are now keeping Trumpcare under tight wraps, once complained about lack of transparency in the proceedings for the Affordable Care Act, which as most would remember, went on for months on end.

Here is what Republicans were saying about Obamacare back then.

Vice President Mike Pence


Health Secretary Tom Price



Sen. Chuck Grassley


Sen. John Cornyn



Rep. Vern Buchanan


Trump’s Small Business Administration administrator, Linda McMahon


Rep. Walter Jones


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers


In a 2010 Washington Post op-ed titled, “Reconciliation on health care would be an assault to the democratic process,” Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) criticized Democrats for using reconciliation, which is a budget maneuver that allows a bill to pass in Senate with 51 votes instead of the 60 needed to break a filibuster.

"The havoc wrought would threaten our system of checks and balances, corrode the legislative process, degrade our system of government and damage the prospects of bipartisanship," he complained back then.

Now, in an ultimate twist of irony and pure hypocrisy, Republicans are eyeing the very same tactic to pass their health care bill.

It is also important to note that Hatch, who is now the chair of Senate Finance Committee, recently suggested the reason Senate GOP is not holding public hearings about the legislation is that it would give Democrats more opportunity to attack the bill.

He was not the only Republican to throw a fit over Obamacare hearings, which, unlike Trumpcare, allowed Republicans ample time to propose and debate hundreds of amendments.

“Congress is moving fast to rush through a health care overhaul that lacks a key ingredient: the full participation of you, the American people,” House Speaker Paul Ryan wrote in an op-ed back in 2009. McConnell also warned Democrats they would lose elections if they tried to “jam” a bill through Congress — despite the fact that the ACA arrived on the floor with a full CBO analysis of its potential impact where the Senate’s version of AHCA is still a secret.


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