Republicans in Congress are literally fleeing the media when asked if they’ve read the major healthcare reform bill they’re about to vote on.
A recent MSNBC clip shows a reporter stationed in a hallway in the U.S. Capitol complex, standing outside of a room where Republican members of Congress were meeting prior to an expected 1 PM vote on the latest version of the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare). As each member walks out of the meeting, the reporter asks, “Congressman, have you read the bill?” In the clip, at least six different members refused to answer the reporter’s question, or give him anything other than a brief acknowledgement.
HOLY SHIT: Republican members of Congress run away from MSNBC reporter as he asks them IF THEY'VE READ THE BILL THEY'RE ABOUT TO VOTE ON!! pic.twitter.com/riNGLJeShI
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) May 4, 2017
The fact that Republicans haven’t even read the bill that will repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and overhaul the entire U.S. healthcare system was also reported on Wednesday night by CNN’s Manu Raju.
A number of House members say they haven't seen latest version of bill that will remake the health care system and will be voted on tomorrow
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 4, 2017
The newest version of Trumpcare includes at least two amendments meant to placate both the arch-conservative faction of House Republicans and more moderate Republicans. The MacArthur Amendment allows states to decide individually as to what constitutes “essential” health benefits that must be included in state health insurance markets. The Upton Amendment allocates $8 billion toward covering patients with pre-existing conditions. However, an independent study recently noted that despite the Upton Amendment, roughly 95 percent of patients with pre-existing conditions could expect to not be covered under Trumpcare.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.