The Durbin Report: Senate Republicans' Health Care Bill Is So Secret, Not Even HHS Secretary Price Knows What's In It

The Durbin Report
2017-06-16 17:58:14
The Durbin Report: A message from Senator Richard J. Durbin <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_head er_3.png> Fellow Illinoisan, Yesterday, I asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price�the person responsible for implementing any changes to our nation's health care system�if he or anyone at his agency has seen the Senate Republicans' secret health care repeal bill, which they intend to bring to a vote before the Fourth of July. He admitted that he had not. That's because only thirteen male Republican senators know the contents of that bill. It is being crafted behind closed doors and closely guarded by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. The American public has not seen this repeal bill, and there hasn't been a single hearing on the legislation or any opportunity to offer an amendment. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office hasn't yet published an analysis of the bill, so we don't know how many people would lose insurance under the Republican plan, how out-of-pocket costs would increase, or how people with preexisting conditions would fare. Remember that, in 2009, when we were working on the Affordable Care Act, the Senate held more than 50 bipartisan public hearings, meetings, and roundtables on the legislation. We debated the bill on the Senate Floor for twenty-five consecutive days, considered hundreds of Republican and Democratic amendments, and accepted more than 170 Republican amendments. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15466.13309896.9393626.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dDfCqS0gjr20%26feature%3dyoutu.be&redir_log=41 1007999757442> Why are Republicans hiding the details of legislation that will affect every American and one-sixth of the U.S. economy? Why are they moving at a break-neck pace to have us vote on it before the Fourth of July? If the Senate Republican repeal bill looks anything like the version passed in the House of Representatives�which throws 23 million people off health care, including one million Illinoisans; once again allows insurance companies to discriminate against people with preexisting conditions; increases out-of-pocket costs for Americans aged 55 to 64 and those in rural communities; and jeopardizes 60,000 Illinois jobs� I understand why they want to do it in secret. The American people deserve better. They deserve quality health care for themselves and their loved ones. And they deserve for their elected representatives to be honest with them. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15466.13309896.9393626.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftwi tter.com%2fSenatorDurbin%2fstatus%2f874768793603645440&redir_log=7019330 89284364> Sincerely, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_foot er.PNG> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15466.13309896.9393626.7246002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. durbin.senate.gov%2fcontact%2fnewsletter%2funsubscribe&redir_log=0735230 51375425> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501104789%250106-16-2017%2bThe%2bDurbin%2bRepor t_%2bSenate%2bRepublicans%25e2%2580%2599%2bHealth%2bCare%2bBill%2bIs%2bS o%2bSecret_%2bNot%2bEven%2bHHS%2bSecretary%2bPrice%2bKnows%2bWhat%25e2%2 580%2599s%2bIn%2bIt%250115466.13309896.9393626.7246002%2501durbin%2540un ityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501> Click here to forward this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx ard=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501104789%250106-16-2017%2bThe%2bDurbin%2bReport_% 2bSenate%2bRepublicans%25e2%2580%2599%2bHealth%2bCare%2bBill%2bIs%2bSo%2 bSecret_%2bNot%2bEven%2bHHS%2bSecretary%2bPrice%2bKnows%2bWhat%25e2%2580 %2599s%2bIn%2bIt%250115466.13309896.9393626.7246002%2501durbin%2540unity feed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501> Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =SenDurbin%2501104789%250106-16-2017%2bThe%2bDurbin%2bReport_%2bSenate%2 bRepublicans%25e2%2580%2599%2bHealth%2bCare%2bBill%2bIs%2bSo%2bSecret_%2 bNot%2bEven%2bHHS%2bSecretary%2bPrice%2bKnows%2bWhat%25e2%2580%2599s%2bI n%2bIt%250115466.13309896.9393626.7246002%2501durbin%2540unityfeed.com%2 501Friend%2501%2501%2501> Click here to comment on this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx y=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501104789%250106-16-2017%2bThe%2bDurbin%2bReport_%2b Senate%2bRepublicans%25e2%2580%2599%2bHealth%2bCare%2bBill%2bIs%2bSo%2bS ecret_%2bNot%2bEven%2bHHS%2bSecretary%2bPrice%2bKnows%2bWhat%25e2%2580%2 599s%2bIn%2bIt%250115466.13309896.9393626.7246002%2501durbin%2540unityfe ed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501>

Fellow Illinoisan,                                                                                                                                

Yesterday, I asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price—the person responsible for implementing any changes to our nation’s health care system—if he or anyone at his agency has seen the Senate Republicans’ secret health care repeal bill, which they intend to bring to a vote before the Fourth of July. He admitted that he had not.

That’s because only thirteen male Republican senators know the contents of that bill. It is being crafted behind closed doors and closely guarded by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. The American public has not seen this repeal bill, and there hasn’t been a single hearing on the legislation or any opportunity to offer an amendment. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office hasn’t yet published an analysis of the bill, so we don’t know how many people would lose insurance under the Republican plan, how out-of-pocket costs would increase, or how people with preexisting conditions would fare. 

Remember that, in 2009, when we were working on the Affordable Care Act, the Senate held more than 50 bipartisan public hearings, meetings, and roundtables on the legislation. We debated the bill on the Senate Floor for twenty-five consecutive days, considered hundreds of Republican and Democratic amendments, and accepted more than 170 Republican amendments.

Why are Republicans hiding the details of legislation that will affect every American and one-sixth of the U.S. economy? Why are they moving at a break-neck pace to have us vote on it before the Fourth of July? 

If the Senate Republican repeal bill looks anything like the version passed in the House of Representatives—which throws 23 million people off health care, including one million Illinoisans; once again allows insurance companies to discriminate against people with preexisting conditions; increases out-of-pocket costs for Americans aged 55 to 64 and those in rural communities; and jeopardizes 60,000 Illinois jobs— I understand why they want to do it in secret.

The American people deserve better. They deserve quality health care for themselves and their loved ones. And they deserve for their elected representatives to be honest with them.

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

 

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