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Not surprising

G.O.P. group working on health care bill does not include a single woman

May 9, 2017

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has created a 13-member working group on health care to formulate a plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare. But while the party’s current replacement bill contends with topics pertaining to women’s health, the group does not include any Republican women, as The New York Times reports.

Republicans narrowly pushed the American Health Care Act through the House last week on a 217-213 vote. The bill now faces a rocky road through the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim majority and Democrats are uniformly opposed to the Obamacare replacement plan.

In forming his working group on health care, McConnell bypassed candidates like Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. Some, like Collins, are moderates, who may prove to be a thorn in the side of the bill’s ardent supporters. But according to Reuters, the group does include a diverse selection of male party members, from conservatives like Paul Ryan to moderates like Rob Portman of Ohio.

Some Democrats have spoken out against the lack of female representation in the group. “The GOP is crafting policy on an issue that directly impacts women without including a single woman in the process,” Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California wrote on Twitter. “It’s wrong.”

The American Health Care Act seeks to cut funding from organizations that provide abortions, prohibits anyone receiving tax credits from buying plans that cover abortions, and allows states to opt out of regulations that cover maternity care. Now, if you’re having a sense of deja vu after having read this story, there’s a good explanation for that: A very similar scenario played out in late March, with a photo to document it, when House Republicans were working on the initial bill to repeal Obamacare — which failed at the time.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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