Warren: GOP trying to ram through health care bill

‘I’ve never seen anything like this,’ she says

Sen. Warren sent the following message to her supporters on Friday.

I LEARNED SOME SCARY NEWS yesterday: the Senate Republicans are going to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act by the end of the month.

And here’s the terrifying part: They seem to think they have the votes in the Senate to do it.

I’m not crying wolf here. I’m really worried. Health care for millions of Americans is on the line in the next few weeks. The Republicans are counting on the fact that so many terrible things are happening right now – and that everyone thinks Trumpcare is dead – that they can slip this through before we have a chance to get organized.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out of the Republican caucus launch on Tuesday happy as a clam about their health care bill. Then Wednesday, while everyone was focused on FBI Director [James] Comey’s written testimony, they quietly filed “Rule 14” so that the health care bill can skip all hearings and committee votes. That means Republicans could pass this thing as early as next week.

If you’re confused and wondering “what will the Senate Republicans pass?” – don’t worry, you’re not alone. I haven’t seen the Senate Republicans’ health care plan. None of my Democratic colleagues have either. We have no idea what sort of giveaways they may be promising undecided Republicans to secure their votes.

Senate Republicans have done all their deal-making behind closed doors, and we think the Republicans will only give us hours to look at their bill. Only a few hours to see all of the ways that they will gut health care for seniors, for veterans, for children, for people with disabilities – for working people across Massachusetts and around this country.

I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve never seen anything close to this. No hearings, no debate, no bill to look at. This scheme to repeal health care takes every norm of the Senate – every concept of how we work together – and just burns them to the ground.

We need you to share your story (again). We need you to light up the phone lines (again). We need you to talk to your FOX News-loving brother or uncle about why we need Medicaid, veterans’ care, and money to fight the opioid epidemic (again, or for the first time).

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The fight for the Affordable Care Act is back – and it’s time to fight.

Elizabeth Warren is a US senator from Massachusetts.