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 HatchTrump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators 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. 

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Senate Democrats last week urged Republicans to hold hearings on any potential legislation. Finance Committee ranking member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Grassley announces opposition to key Trump proposal to lower drug prices MORE (D-Ore.) and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee ranking member Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Overnight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Chris Murphy may oppose bipartisan health bill unless it addresses ObamaCare 'sabotage' MORE (D-Wash.) reached out to Hatch and HELP Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Overnight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Chris Murphy may oppose bipartisan health bill unless it addresses ObamaCare 'sabotage' 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."