Columbus, Ohio – A group of Ohio health care experts today sent a letter to Sen. Rob Portman criticizing Republicans’ secretive, closed-door process for drafting their Senate health care repeal bill.
Dozens of doctors, social workers, and business leaders––as well as Ohio chapters of the Children’s Defense Fund, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, and the National Physicians Alliance––called upon Sen. Portman to push for a more transparent process with public hearings and testimony that would allow Senators to hear expert opinion and gain constituent input.
Specifically, the signatories ask for at least a full week between the release of the bill and the final vote so that constituents have enough time to learn how it would impact them.
“It is critical to the health and wellbeing of your constituents that you get this right,” the letter reads. “Before you vote on any health care bill that takes away coverage, raises costs or risks the protections that people rely on every day––share your plan with the public and let us testify.”
The letter can be found here.