Sanders trolls GOP over lack of hearings on ObamaCare repeal

Sanders trolls GOP over lack of hearings on ObamaCare repeal
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHickenlooper day-old Senate bid faces pushback from progressives Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Andrew Yang: News coverage of Trump a 'microcosm' of issues facing country MORE (I-Vt.) on Monday took to Twitter to mock Senate Republicans for the process behind their ObamaCare repeal bill.

“BREAKING: Senate Republicans just released the schedule of hearings, committee markups and public testimony for their health care bill,” Sanders tweeted with a photo of a blank piece of paper.

A number of Democrats have criticized the Senate GOP for the handling of its healthcare reform legislation. 


Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Biden faces scrutiny for his age from other Democrats Democrats press FBI for details on Kavanaugh investigation MORE (D-Del.) on Monday said there were big distinctions between the way Democrats handled passing ObamaCare in 2009 and the current GOP plan.

“When the Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act back in 2009, I wasn't in the Senate, but there were hearings after hearings after hearings over a year before they came to the conclusion that they were going to have to pass the bill without Republicans," Coons said on CNN's "New Day."

"The bill had Republican amendments taken up and voted on in committee hearings before it ultimately became law, but it's a very different process than the closed-door process Republicans are following now."

Senate Republicans have said there will be no committee hearings or markups for the bill, a major departure from the normal process of the Senate. The bill will instead go straight to the floor for a vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (R-Ky.) is aiming to hold a vote on the bill the last week of June, before the Fourth of July recess.