Healthcare

Hatch: Senate’s ObamaCare repeal unlikely to go through committees

Victoria Sarno Jordan

The Senate’s ObamaCare repeal bill is unlikely to go through the committee process, Sen. Orrin Hatch (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. 

{mosads}Senate Democrats last week urged Republicans to hold hearings on any potential legislation. Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) reached out to Hatch and HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (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.”

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