About 120 patient groups asked Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to grant them a meeting to discuss the fate of Obamacare and Trumpcare, at any point between June 15 and June 22. The GOP response was that “numerous [other] meetings” had been booked in advance.
GOP Leaders Too Busy with Raising Money for Colleagues
In other words, hearing the voice of patient advocates is not a GOP priority. Those patient groups also sent McConnell a letter with arguments on why Medicaid should be saved. According to Businesswire, the advocacy groups think Medicaid is a “critical lifeline” for Americans that are already sick. The groups want Medicaid expansion to continue and don’t want the program to morph into a “block grant system.”
One may wonder if congressmen are truly so busy that they couldn’t grant this group a private meeting. The Intercept found that it is not about time, but about priorities. For example, on Monday, Sen. McConnell had to attend a fundraiser at 6:00 p.m. for his fellow Republican, Sen. Mike Rounds. Each attendee forked out from $1,000 to $2,500.
Ranking GOPers that Helped Draft the Bill and Their Busy Schedule
Another ranking member of the GOP leadership, Sen. John Thune, was also busy with a fundraising event on behalf of Sen. Jim Inhofe. The costlier ticket was $2,500. Thune is the third important GOP and is a member of the panel that drafted Trumpcare.
Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is also a member of two panels that helped draft the bill was invited to a fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club on Monday night. Other GOP Senators were present including Sens. Richard Burr and Deb Fischer. Attendees shelled out $2,000 or $12,000 for a series of events with the Republican leadership.
The advocacy groups that have asked for an audience with the GOP leadership to discuss the fate of the American healthcare system underlined that they would like to meet with any of these important lawmakers at any given time.
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