Democrats on Monday seized on the delay in the Senate’s health-care vote to demand public hearings as they await Sen. John McCain’s return from eye surgery to bring the bill to the floor.
A day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to postpone the vote to accommodate McCain’s (R-Ariz.) recovery, Democrats penned a letter to the Kentucky Republican urging him to expose the legislation to further scrutiny in committee hearings.
“We request that you use this additional time to hold public hearings so that senators can invite impartial experts . . . to testify on the policies in the bill, especially the radically conservative Cruz-Lee proposal released to the public only five days ago,” they wrote.
The Cruz-Lee amendment to the bill would allow insurers to offer unregulated plans in addition to options that meet ObamaCare’s requirements. There was no response from McConnell, who has no reason to accommodate the Democrats.