Diane Black (R-TN) spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper regarding the upcoming Trumpcare 3.0 vote. While speaking with Tapper, Black showed that she was not quite up to date on any details.
The impending bill – which has been criticized for being rushed through Congress to meet Trump’s first 100 days mark – is largely unknown to the public. Whereas the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was able to adequately score the previous version of the Republican bill, the AHCA, this latest iteration has not yet been scored.
Tapper posed the question to Black:
“I have to say, the public knows nothing — next to nothing about this legislation, and obviously it will impact tens, if not hundreds of millions of Americans. Would it not be better to have discussion and debate and hearings about this bill instead of what looks like rushing it through to meet this 100-day deadline?”
“Oh, my goodness, Jake. We had a lot of discussions. Our ways and means committee went until 4:00 a.m. I think we had something like 18 hours of debate, even more than that in the energy and commerce committee.”
However, those hours of debate were for the previous, failed version of the healthcare bill, not the current one. “This is different legislation,” Tapper retorted “It might be based on the previous legislation, but it has been changed.”
A flustered Black responded, “Well, it is– it is a change, um, in one part of the measure but, overall, I mean, it is basically what you saw come out of committee.” With an answer as vague as that, it is no surprise that Jake Tapper called Black out for not actually knowing about the bill for which there is an upcoming vote.
Of course, at this point, the Republican Party is more concerned with passing a secretive healthcare bill before Trump’s 100th day more to satisfy his ego than to actually solve any issues with Obamacare. And Black, made obvious by her comments, is complicit.
Watch the entire exchange below:
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