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 HatchKavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week Judiciary Dems say GOP treating Kavanaugh accuser worse than Anita Hill Dem vows to probe 'why the FBI stood down' on Kavanaugh 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 WydenHillicon Valley: NYT says Rosenstein wanted to wear wire on Trump | Twitter bug shared some private messages | Vendor put remote-access software on voting machines | Paypal cuts ties with Infowars | Google warned senators about foreign hacks Overnight Health Care: Opioids package nears finish line | Measure to help drug companies draws ire | Maryland ObamaCare rates to drop Google says senators' Gmail accounts targeted by foreign hackers MORE (D-Ore.) and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee ranking member Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Overnight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal Trump health official defends funding shifts to pay for detained migrant children MORE (D-Wash.) reached out to Hatch and HELP Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil Cruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke 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."