Hatch: Senate’s ObamaCare repeal unlikely to go through committees

Hatch: Senate’s ObamaCare repeal unlikely to go through committees
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The Senate's ObamaCare repeal bill is unlikely to go through the committee process, Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Utah governor calls Bannon a 'bigot' after attacks on Romney MORE (R-Utah) said Tuesday. 

"I don't think it's going to go through the committees, at least from what I know about it," the Senate Finance Committee chairman said.

The Senate is devising its own healthcare plan rather than taking up the House's, which passed last week. 

The House bill went through committee markups but didn't have any hearings. It's unlikely the Senate will have either. 

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Senate Democrats last week urged Republicans to hold hearings on any potential legislation. Finance Committee ranking member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Lobbying world MORE (D-Ore.) and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee ranking member Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats turn on Al Franken VA slashes program that helps homeless veterans obtain housing: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Wash.) reached out to Hatch and HELP Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Senate approves motion to go to tax conference House conservatives, Ryan inch closer toward spending deal MORE (R-Tenn.) in a letter.

"The Senate Finance and HELP committees cannot abdicate our responsibility to hold public hearings on such sweeping health reform legislation," the Democrats wrote.

"Rather than continuing to work in secret, we urge you to make good on your stated preference and long successful history of bipartisan legislating, and hold public hearings on the devastating impact of TrumpCare."