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Elizabeth Warren Just Offered Terrifying Proof Republicans Have Given Up on Democracy

The GOP won't even let Democrats participate in negotiations over the Senate health care bill.

Photo Credit: MassLive / YouTube

Senate Republicans have been dubiously dissecting the House health care bill since it passed 217 to 213 on May 4. But don't count on them seeking any aid from across the aisle. 

According to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), "The Republicans have literally locked the Democrats out of the negotiations over the Senate health care bill. They have gone into closed rooms and they will not let the Democrats participate at all." 

A week and a half later, "what the Republicans are planning to do with the House version of the bill remains a mystery [even] to those of us who serve on the committees to consider health care in America and those of us who are deeply concerned about the impact of health care changes on our home states," she told MassLive on Monday. 

Warren, having called the first iteration of the house bill "fundamentally cruel," also touched on Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA)'s March assessment of its explosive costs—an estimated $1 billion loss in federal health care aid for Massachusetts by 2020. 

"His billion-dollar estimate was on an earlier version of the bill that was a less brutal than the current version," Warren noted. "The cost to Massachusetts would be enormous to our budget and just in human terms, to our people." 

"This is a serious fight in Washington right now," she added. "And right now, in part, it's a fight to just try to get in the door." 


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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