Blumenthal plans ‘emergency health care hearing’ for Monday

Blumenthal plans ‘emergency health care hearing’ for Monday
© Greg Nash

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said he will hold his own “emergency field hearing” on health care Monday.  

The Connecticut lawmaker’s hearing is in response to what he says is a secret strategy Senate Republicans are using to push their version of the American Health Care Act.

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“It’s a small group of Republicans, meeting in secret [and] none of us on the Democratic side have a clue as to what they’re doing,” Blumenthal told the Hartford Current.

“How do we vote in the next few weeks on a bill that has not been…reduced to writing, that has been done in secret without any kind of public hearing?” the senator continued.

Republicans ripped the Democratic Affordable Care Act when it was a bill in Congress, claiming the bill’s deliberations were done in secret.

However, top Senate Republicans claim there have been several public hearings on regarding the American Health Care Act. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE said this week there have been “gazillions of hearings on this subject” over the years.