The House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to “mark up” — make changes — to the American Health Care Act. I stood in line for about 1 1/2 hours, and missed getting into the 10:30 AM, March 8 hearing by 5 people.The hearing was formally called the Markup of Committee Print, Budget Reconciliation Legislative Recommendations and H. Res. 154
Most of the 30 or so people in line behind me left. A few diehards — there were about 5 of us — stood in line for another couple of hours. We finally were let into the hearing at around 12:30PM. This thing went on for hours. I left at 8PM. Oh, how I wanted to stay. Couldn’t do it. I was up at 4:30AM. Drove 3 1/2 hours to Union Station where I parked. Stood in line for 3+ hours. Live-tweeted the hearing for about 7 1/2 hours. The drive home was another 3 hours.
Why put myself through this? The American Health Care Act will insure less people. People will die. Knock it off.
The Republican congresspeople were attempting to rush a bill through committee without proper vetting. They had not received a CBO score, that is, a report explaining what the bill would cost. How can we do anything in life without knowing what it costs? I made my point with my homemade tee shirt. I wanted all on this committee to see that the American public is watching. The committee room is small. Everybody saw it. Some journalists even tweeted about my message.