Remember that senior aide in Senate Republican leadership? The one who said that Republicans weren’t going to let the public see Trumpcare because “We aren’t stupid”? We have a variation of that now from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who knows that the bill is such a stinker that public discussion of it would be a massive problem for Republicans.
The lack of public debate appears to be a deliberate strategy by McConnell and his lieutenants to minimize opportunities for critical evaluation of their bill, which is likely to be highly controversial.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said holding public hearings about the legislation would only give Democrats more opportunity to attack the bill.
“We have zero cooperation from the Democrats,” he said. “So getting it in public gives them a chance to get up and scream.”
Of course, they have offered no opportunity for Democrats
“cooperate” on this bill. They’ve allowed zero opportunity for the fucking March of Dimes to cooperate on this bill, ditto the American Medical Association, the Association of Hospitals, American Cancer Society, you name it, they’ve been shut out.
Because if anyone outside of the Republican caucus sees it before McConnell has a chance to ram it through, there’s the threat that his own people will bail out. Hatch just admitted it.