Senator Mitch McConnell finally has come out with a timeline!
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the request from Democratic leadership to have 10 hours of debate about the health care bill. He said that Republicans will see a “discussion draft” of the bill which would replace the Affordable Healthcare Bill on Thursday. McConnell also said that reporters would get a chance to see the healthcare reform legislation at the same time. He gave this information addressing the complaints from Democrats who gave a series of speeches from the floor of the Senate in protest for being kept out of the process of forming the new bill.
McConnell relayed that the legislation will move to the floor as scheduled next week, as soon as lawmakers get a cost estimate and analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. When asked how long the Washington lawmakers will have to review the proposed bill, the Majority Leader vowed that they would have “plenty of time.” McConnell continued by saying, “I think this will be as about as transparent as it can be.”
There is still plenty of concern all around. Democrats are furious that the process was done by a small group of Republicans in “secret.” And some Republicans are still deeply concerned about changes to Medicaid that would curb federal spending. Earlier on Tuesday, moderate Republicans Susan Collins (Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (W. Va.) expressed their concern about issues with the healthcare reform bill.
McConnell’s information and defense of the process will be a welcome relief for some and not near enough for others. It’s hard to imagine that most will feel as though they had “plenty of time” to hash and rehash elements in the bill that will surely be controversial.
What do you think about this process? Do you think lawmakers will have “plenty of time” to make a wise vote? We look forward to your comments.
Credit: The Hill