Bill…..Bill…..Who’s Got The Bill?

We have been bet about the head with the slogan “repeal and replace” for about 7 years….and the new dude in the Oval Office has made it a cornerstone of his presidency.

There has been much confusion on what will the plan be…..but after many hours of debate and promises there seems to be a plan in the Congress to do just what was promised…..

One small problem….no one is saying where the bill is or what it will entail….

As of Thursday, a new version of House Republicans’ ObamaCare repeal and replace bill is available for review by members and staffers on the House Energy and Commerce panel, but they’ll have to do a bit of work to see it: There’s just one copy, kept in a dedicated reading room, and no other copies are being given to lawmakers to take with them, Bloomberg reports. The new draft “is being treated a bit like a top-secret surveillance intercept,” the site notes, after an outdated draft was leaked last week and quickly derided—Republicans are looking to avoid the same thing happening again. But they might be doing too good a job, as lawmakers are struggling to locate the shrouded-in-secrecy draft:

  • Rep. Frank Pollone, the top-ranking Democrat on the above-mentioned panel, has been on a quest to find the copy of the latest draft so he can read it. So far, he’s had no luck, even when he went by the room it’s supposed to be kept in. NPR follows his search.
  • Sen. Rand Paul went on his own search for the bill Thursday, tweeting about his progress and bringing along a copy machine in case he found it. More on his quest, and a look at some of the Democrats poking fun at the “Where’s the bill” fiasco, at the Washington Post.
  • It didn’t help that the rumored location of the secret bill got leaked, leading reporters to join in the hunt. A ton of people showed up at the room, but none of them located the bill. Vox has more.
  • The House Energy and Commerce committee is tentatively scheduled to vote on the secretive bill next week, reports the New York Times, which has criticism from Democrats claiming Republicans are “playing hide-and-seek” with the bill.

I understand the fear of a leak….but in this case since it is suppose to be something for the citizens of this country….why keep it a secret….is there something nefarious going on?  I recall the secrecy around the TPP and all the grief around that plan….

Is the bill that bad that it must be hidden until the last moment?

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13 thoughts on “Bill…..Bill…..Who’s Got The Bill?

  1. This is unacceptable ! An example of the Reps arrogance , another attempt to slip there bill under the wire without scrutiny by the Dems. It’s disgusting that they can get away with this.

  2. Is the bill that bad that it must be hidden until the last moment? The answer to that question is: Probably not all that bad but easier to railroad into law when no one knows exactly what they are voting for”. Like you said, the TPP agreement shows that Republicans are not the only ones to use this tactic. Secrecy of public documents stops “extraneous” debate and is used at one time or another by most politicians and for that matter others. “What you don’t know, can’t hurt me” I for one always say.
    ~~dru~~

    1. For what I read yes it is that bad…millions without health care and taxes levied on the different plans….a typical GOP plan….some things never change….have a good evening….chuq

  3. I’m tired; thank goodness this one’s easy…

    “When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.” — Robert A Heinlein, “If this goes on –”

    The novella this quote is from should be required reading for anyone interested in American politics today… The alternate history of the USA described in the book bears a lot of eerily similar echoes of today’s scenario….A great read, too; Heinlein is a master story-teller….

    gigoid, the dubious

    1. Hey, what story’s this part from? If it was in Starship Troopers (which, let’s face it, has a TON of commentary in it), then it’s proof I was smart to keep it on my bookshelf (hee hee).

      1. *smile*

        Starship Troopers” was a relatively early book RAH wrote as part of a series aimed at teenagers, to encourage reading… A good tale, well-told, but, not definitive Heinlein… This quote is from “If This Goes On…”, a novella included in his series of books, all written on the theme of “a possible Future History of The United States”. It first appeared as a serialized version in several consecutive issues of Astounding Magazine, in 1940, then as a novella in the collection, “Revolt In 2100″, in 1953. A library might have the latter, where the reference librarian can help. Or, a rare book store might know where to find it…I read Revolt in 2100 soon after it came out, but haven’t seen it since..

        Another of Heinlein’s books, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” was a later, and more successful novel, and an even better read. It’s also a classic tale of revolution, in this case, the revolt by the people living in the Lunar Colonies to free themselves from the slavery of Earth’s governments. It is interesting to note, the revolution was led by a self-aware computer, who chose to work for the humans who needed its help… Since Heinlein was a graduate of Annapolis in the 1920’s or 30’s, he writes with great knowledge and authority about technology, military, and political subjects, especially as they relate to society to society…

        I hope you enjoy both of his books, and can recommend highly many others of his works, anytime… I’ve read all of it, one time or another…

        gigoid, the dubious

      2. oh, okay. I thought “if this goes on…” was like an incomplete thought–didn’t realize it was the title (oops–been away from citations and research papers too long–hee hee)

  4. Rand Paul–oh man. I’m showing my age a bit, but I gotta admit the first thing that popped into my head with that segment was the three ladies around the hamburger bun going “where’s the beef?” Unfortunately, that made Reagan’s co-opting of it pop into my head too. Dammit!

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