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 HatchSenate panel to hold hearing next week for Trump IRS nominee On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs 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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"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."