We’ve all heard stories about how politics used to be done, with deals being made in secret, in smoke-filled back rooms.
The smoke may be the only thing missing from today’s U.S Senate negotiations on health care. A group of 13 men from the same political party, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), is meeting behind closed doors to make decisions about the future of our healthcare system.
They are all conservative lawmakers and they’re excluding all others from the process – women and members of the opposing party.
Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri recently expressed frustration about this lack of transparency and inclusion.
“There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making these decisions,” she said, referring to the coterie that’s drafting a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. “We’re not even going to have a hearing, on a bill that impacts one-sixth of our economy.”
Watch her full comments here: