Now that the Trump-backed Republican House bill to repeal Obamacare and cripple Medicaid has moved to the Senate, some had hoped that the bill would die a slow death at the hands of moderate Republican senators skittish about losing their jobs.
Unfortunately, the responsibility for crafting the Senate version of the bill has now been left to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is well-known for his vindictiveness. McConnell appears to be making a legitimate effort to craft a bill that will indeed get passed. When McConnell announced the list of the thirteen white males he had chosen to help him devise the bill, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein chewed him out for it.
Feinstein discussed her extreme displeasure regarding McConnell’s complete exclusion of women with Meet the Press‘s Andrea Mitchell, saying, “I don’t know what the thirteen white men, when you have five Republican women who are excluded from that, that these thirteen men are supposed to sit down and put something together.” She noted about the bill, which in its House form considers c-sections to be a preexisting condition, “Women’s health is a big part of this, and women are a majority of the population and their health interests deserve to be contemplated in any reform. I’m really very worried that in the rush to judgment, we create a major healthcare problem for people. And we lose a lot of jobs in so doing and we create a whole atmosphere of unpredictability.” Do you agree with Sen. Feinstein?