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 HatchDrug prices are declining amid inflation fears The national action imperative to achieve 30 by 30 Financial market transactions should not be taxed or restricted 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. 


Senate Democrats last week urged Republicans to hold hearings on any potential legislation. Finance Committee ranking member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHeat wave sparks historically unseasonable wildfires in West Biogen opens door to adjusting price of Alzheimer's drug amid outcry Overnight Health Care: White House acknowledges it will fall short of July 4 vaccine goal | Fauci warns of 'localized surges' in areas with low vaccination rates | Senate Finance leader releases principles for lowering prescription drug prices MORE (D-Ore.) and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee ranking member Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats block GOP bill to lift mask mandate on public transportation Public option fades with little outcry from progressives Senate GOP blocks bill to combat gender pay gap MORE (D-Wash.) reached out to Hatch and HELP Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderAuthorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate The Republicans' deep dive into nativism Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain 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."