Feinstein slams all-male group of senators working on ObamaCare repeal

Greg Nash

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Sunday slammed the all-male group of senators recently assembled to work on the Senate’s ObamaCare repeal bill.

“I don’t know what the 13 white men, when you have five Republican women who are excluded from that, that these 13 men are supposed to sit down and put something together,” Feinstein told Andrea Mitchell on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

McConnell last week reportedly put together the group of senators to work on the repeal once the legislation narrowly passed the House. The team includes Republican Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Rob Portman (Ohio), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), John Thune (S.D.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), John Barrasso (Wyo.) and Mike Enzi (Wyo.). 

{mosads}Once released, the list of senators was immediately criticized on social media for not including female lawmakers. Feinstein said she does not know what McConnell has in mind for the Senate’s version of the healthcare legislation. Senate Republicans have said their bill will be entirely separate from the House Republicans’ recently passed bill.

Feinstein on Sunday emphasized that women’s health is an important piece of healthcare negotiations.

“Women’s health is a big part of this, and women are a majority of the population and their health interests deserve to be contemplated in any reform,” she said.

The senator argued that Congress should fix problematic sections in ObamaCare, like the individual market, rather than doing a full repeal.

“I’m really very worried that in the rush to judgment, we create a major healthcare problem for people,” said Feinstein. “And we lose a lot of jobs in so doing and we create a whole atmosphere of unpredictability.”

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