At 4:30 this morning, the proposed GOP/Trump Affordable Care Act replacement passed the House Ways and Means Committee.
Why would legislators be hard at work in the middle of the night? Because they knew that the people who would oppose this bill – those who would be directly impacted by it – would be fast asleep. That’s why we have to make our voices heard and let Congress know that we are paying attention and we’re not going to allow the Affordable Care Act to be dismantled.
Republicans’ rushed health bill is everything they said they hated about Obamacare
Sarah Kliff, Vox Media
At 4:30 am Thursday, after a 17-hour markup, the GOP’s health bill passed out of the Ways and Means Committee untouched.
The American Health Care Act passed out of committee exactly 58.5 hours after it was introduced on Monday evening. The committee voted in the bill’s favor without knowing how much it costs or whom it covers because they voted before the Congressional Budget Office — or any other credible authority — had time to assess the bill’s likely impacts. And Republicans preferred it that way. They didn’t want to know what their bill was likely to do, and they didn’t want anyone else to know, either.