Sen. Chris Murphy (D) is disgusted by how republicans are crafting their health care bill.
During a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on “The Cost of Prescription Drugs: How the Drug Delivery System Affects What Patients Pay”, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the Committee, berated Congressional Republicans for secretly trying to force a health care repeal bill through Congress without hearings, amendments, or debate.
Murphy”I think it’s totally irrelevant to the most important discussion that’s happening right now, which is not in this committee. It’s not anywhere that the American public can see.
It’s behind closed doors where there are a certain number of Republican senators that are perpetuating a fraud on the American public.
And they’re not here. I mean, Democrats have been here at this hearing pretty consistently throughout the morning.
Republicans have been in and out, but if you want to believe the Republicans are behind closed doors writing a health care bill that’s going to steal insurance from 23 million Americans in order to pass along a tax cut to the richest amongst us, well then this visual is evidence potentially of what’s going on right now.”
“They are going to keep it secret because inside that bill are massive giveaways for their friends. $145 billion of tax breaks for health insurers. $28 billion of tax breaks for pharmaceutical companies.
$663 billion of tax cuts–almost none of which is going to anyone in this country who makes under $200,000 a year.
“So there is good reason why there are no Republican senators here except for Senator Cassidy.
There’s good reason why they are doing this behind closed doors, because it’s a fraud. It is a fraud to take insurance from middle class folks, folks who might be struggling in this country, so that you can muster up enough money to hand another big tax break to people who do not need it.