Alarm bells are going off all across America as the Republicans in the Senate push forward with their secret bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Despite a repeal of the ACA being disastrously unpopular, the Senate GOP are going full steam ahead. To get around the unpopularity of Trumpcare, they are drafting the bill in secret and using the “reconciliation process” to iron out any differences between this version and the House version to pass the bill into law. Reconciliation is another one of the Senate’s many arcane processes but we are here to explain what it means.
You have just one workout today: call your senators and let them know that not only do we see what the GOP is trying to do, we will not stand for it. Indivisible has information on how using reconciliation to ram through the AHCA will harm people in your state; telling your personal story is always a good option, too. Got a Democratic senator (or two?) Tell them that you want fighting this bill to be their first priority, and that you fully support their dragging Senate business to a halt until this bill gets normal hearings.
The process behind the Senate’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act has been shrouded in mystery. Zoë Carpenter writes about the frustrations and opacity around the repeal for The Nation.
“We don’t even know. We have no idea what’s being proposed. There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making these decisions.” [Claire McCaskill] went on, “We’re not even going to have a hearing on a bill that impacts one-sixth of our economy. We’re not even going to have an opportunity to offer a single amendment.”