Whether good good or bad law, Obamacare was developed and passed as a comparative model of transparency. Congress held scores of public hearings when drafting the law. The bills themselves were public for months before the final version was passed with numerous amendments also publicly presented and debated. Aspects of the bill most objectionable to Republicans, such as the public option, were removed from the legislation. Also removed was a provision allowing for Medicare coverage for end of life counseling that Republicans (including Sarah Palin) dishonestly characterized as creating “death panels.”

Even so, Republicans claimed this over year long process “railroaded” the bill through.

Now they draft sweeping legislation in secret, with zero public hearings, in less than half the time Obamcare took, all for the purpose of avoiding public review and debate of what they are doing. They do this based on the claim of a “mandate” from an election where their Presidential candidate lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million. Whatever else can be said about taking the election by the electoral college under such circumstances, it certainly does not create a popular mandate.

Drafting legislation in secret to be sprung for quick votes with zero public hearings, is the very definition of railroading legislation. The Republicans are doing it because they know their supporters don’t care about the processes of Democracy, just the results achieved by avoiding it.

Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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