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.


“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 McConnellOn The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Mellman: Why does the GOP persist? Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE said this week there have been “gazillions of hearings on this subject” over the years.