Former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, granted health benefits to millions of uninsured Americans, and changed the way healthcare providers are able to charge for care. During the presidential election of 2016 Donald Trump vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with something that would save money, and be more effective. However, Trump was bluffing and did not have a real plan in mind and even said during a press conference, “Nobody knew healthcare would be so complicated.”
During the process of originally crafting the legislation, Obama spent the better part of a year working with both political parties to draw a consensus on the best way to administer health care. While that process was ongoing Obama was criticized for not being transparent enough. Now Republicans in charge of replacing Obama’s legislation are doing the exact thing they criticized Obama for, and are attempting to keep their plan secret.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was a guest on the “Today Show” when he unveiled the process for the Republican health care plan. He said only Republicans would be able to view its contents, and they would have to do so by viewing the legislation in a musty basement room:
It would be made available Thursday morning to Republicans in a basement room of an office building that adjoins the Capitol.
One can imagine the outrage that would have followed if any member of the Democratic party had made a similar statement during Obama’s time in office. However, there seems to be no shortage of hypocritical outrage in Washington, D.C. these days.