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Column: GOP Secrets Equal Power

The Trickle Down

The Trickle Down is Salute Magazine’s  weekly column by Political Writer Amanda Godula.  The Trickle Down is a weekly look into what’s need-to-know, fresh takes on trends, and the inevitable controversies from the political arena.  Let’s dig in and see what’s happening this week: GOP: Secrets Mean Power.

May 2017 marked the passing of the American Health Care Act, or AHCA.  Since may, GOP Senators have not released anything about the bill to the public, or even other Senators.

This has been intentional.  Why?  The truth, or what the GOP is saying?  Axios reported a staffer explaining:

“We aren’t stupid,” said one of the aides. One issue is that Senate Republicans plan to keep talking about it after the draft is done: “We are still in discussions about what will be in the final product so it is premature to release any draft absent further member conversations and consensus.”

The GOP doesn’t even trust the GOP.

“Even though we thought we were going to be in charge of writing a bill within this working group, it’s not being written by us,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said. “It’s apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership in the Senate. So if you’re frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration.”

But this week, the GOP said a draft would be released next week, before the July break.  Although GOPers haven’t seen the bill, John McCain (R-AZ) jokes that Russian hackers have.

I’m sure the Russians have been able to hack in and gotten most of it.”

It’s a joke – but it seems based in reality.  There’s Trump-Russia probes, U.S./Russian drone problems, and Russia hacking the 2016 Presidential election.  Why not our secret health care bill?

We joke about hackers getting the most secret information, but can’t share it with our colleague.  When Americans of the same political party don’t trust each other, we have a broken system.  And health care is taking the beating.  Translation:  Americans are taking the beating.

How have we gotten here?  This is more than partisan politics.  This is a show of power.

The person who is able to control the information is the King of the room.  That is the point of some GOP Senators’ secrecy.  Gaining power.

Can legislation prove this power theory wrong?  Tune in next week.

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