To the Editor:
A small group of senators, all men, are writing a new health care bill in complete secrecy. The plan is to hold a vote by July 4.
This is wrong.
When a bill affects so many people and such a large sector of the economy, there should be reports and hearings, consultation with health care professionals and cooperation with Democrats. Not complete silence followed by a vote that requires only a majority of 51.
Most of the 52 Republicans will vote for any health care bill that reduces benefits and allows for tax cuts. But a few are wavering and might join the Democrats in opposing this bill that is being devised in haste and secrecy.
There is still time to let these moderate senators know what you think. Write to Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Bob Corker (R-South Carolina), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana). Their votes could make the difference.
Senate Republicans have said they have no plans to publicly release the draft health care bill.
This travesty of democracy doesn’t pass the smell test.