It’s simply wrong for legislation that’ll affect 100% of the American people to be negotiated behind closed doors.
Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB)
August 02, 2017
Given the importance of the Affordable Care Act (aka the “ACA” and “Obamacare”) to so many Americans and the current controversy over negotiations on health care reform, a new A-Mark Foundation report (available at http://amarkfoundation.org) looks back on the ACA’s passage to see if the process that led to Obamacare becoming law sheds any useful light on the current health care reform efforts in Congress.
On Jan. 13, 2010, then Representative, and now Vice President, Mike Pence (R-IN) tweeted:
“It’s simply wrong for legislation that’ll affect 100% of the American people to be negotiated behind closed doors…”
In today’s health care debates, Democrats have accused Republicans of negotiating behind closed doors. Are they right? And did the Democrats negotiate in secret to pass Obamacare?
To answer these questions and others, the A-Mark Foundation has just published a report titled “Was the ACA (Obamacare) Negotiated by the Democrats in Secret, and Did They Keep Republicans Out of That Negotiations Process on Purpose?” The report is available at no charge at http://amarkfoundation.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ACA-White-Paper-7-30-2017.pdf
It took President Obama 427 days to get the ACA passed. Between the Senate passing H.R. 3590, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” 60 to 39, and the House voting 219 to 212 to approve the bill, the final vote of the 435 representatives was 219 Democrats voting for the bill, and 34 Democrats and 178 Republicans voting against the bill (there were four vacancies at the time). On March 23, 2010, Obama signed the 906-page ACA into law.
During those 427 days, the report notes that there were:
31 “Gang of Six” Senate Committee on Finance bipartisan discussions (three Republicans & three Democrats) from June 17, 2009, to Sept. 14, 2009
- 14 regular Senate Committee on Finance bipartisan meetings from Feb. 25, 2009, to Oct. 13, 2009
- 7 Town Halls from June 11, 2009, to Aug. 24, 2009
- 5 Health care reform votes on bills and measures from Sept. 23, 2009, to March 21, 2010
- 2 White House heath care summits on March 5, 2009, and Feb. 25, 2010