Quote from VivaLasViejas
I seem to remember that Democrats did pretty much the same when they pushed Obamacare through in the dead of night. Where was the outrage then?
Why on earth do conservatives keep repeating this canard??? Is it that they think that, if they say it often enough, people who don't know any better will believe them? The process of writing and debating the Affordable Care Act took more than a year
before it was brought to a final vote. The Democrats accepted over 150 Republican amendments, and, in fact, bent over backward and did everything they possibly could to involve the Republicans in the process of writing the bill in hopes of getting some Republican votes (the final Affordable Care Act is a very different law than what the Democrats would have written by themselves. The foundational concept of the law was originally devised by the Heritage Foundation, and Republicans looooved
the idea and promoted it for years, which is why the Democrats used it is the foundation of the ACA -- because they knew it was an idea that was popular with Republicans. As soon as Democrats adopted it, hey presto, all the Republicans decided they hated it). There were months
of public hearings involving all the stakeholders (heathcare providers, the insurance industry, the public ...). The entire process was as transparent as possible.
Not only is the current Republican process exactly the opposite
of the process of writing and passing the Affordable Care Act, the grotesque hypocrisy of the Republicans is beyond breathtaking. There is actual film footage of Mitch McConnell complaining bitterly, at the time, that 14 months to write and pass the ACA was "rushing" through the process, and the Republicans were not being given sufficient input into the bill -- now that his side is in charge, he literally
has a small group of Republicans in a closed room, writing a bill that is being kept secret from even the majority of the Senate Republicans until the last minute, and he plans to rush it through a final vote within a few weeks, start to finish. How do these people live with themselves??