Senate Dem says GOP 'legislating in the dark’ on health care

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate parliamentarian looms over White House spending bill Democrats push tax credits to bolster clean energy Five reasons for concern about Democrats' drug price control plan MORE (D-Ore.) blasted Senate Republicans for not being transparent in their push to pass a health care bill. During an interview on CNN's "New Day," Wyden was asked why there haven't been more hearings on the GOP's latest ObamaCare repeal bill.

"You'll have to ask the Senate Republican leadership. But it just doesn't pass the smell test," Wyden said.


"When you're talking about 300 million Americans, one-sixth of the economy, and the reality is the Senate is legislating in the dark."

Wyden said the Senate Republican leadership has "embarked on a frenzy of special deal-making and elbow-twisting in the middle of the night."

"They're trying to defend the indefensible, which is making so many vulnerable Americans pay more to get less coverage," he said.

Senate Republicans on Sunday night circulated a revised draft of their bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare in an effort to win over key holdout senators.

The GOP is facing the prospect of failure with its latest ObamaCare repeal effort.

Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe bully who pulls the levers of Trump's mind never learns GOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News MORE (R-Ariz.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul: Chris Cuomo firing 'a small step toward CNN regaining any credibility' GOP anger with Fauci rises Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default MORE (R-Ky.) have announced they won't support the measure, and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Real relief from high gas prices The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron MORE (R-Maine) has expressed strong reservations about the legislation.

McCain, Collins and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Congress should reject H.R. 1619's dangerous anywhere, any place casino precedent Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills MORE (R-Alaska) voted no on a "skinny" Obama repeal bill over the summer, leaving that bill one vote short of passing. With Paul shifting to a no vote, the GOP leadership will need to get two of those three to vote yes to pass the current effort.