Orrin Hatch

Republicans' contempt for democracy shows in their secretive crafting of the Obamacare repeal bill

Republicans' contempt for democracy shows in their secretive crafting of the Obamacare repeal bill

To the editor: You report that the justification by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) for formulating the GOP’s healthcare legislation in secret was that holding public hearings about it would give Democrats “a chance to get up and scream.” (“Republican secrecy faces mounting criticism as GOP senators work behind closed doors to replace Obamacare,” June 16)

Isn’t that how democracy is supposed to work? Aren’t the arguments offered by the opposition party (what Hatch calls “screams”) meant to help the Senate reach a better...

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