meanwhile on capitol hill
In case Democratic lawmakers' objections to the Republican-led repeal of ObamaCare weren't apparent enough, Democrats decided to bring visuals to one of two ongoing repeal hearings Wednesday. After a brief break Wednesday afternoon, Democrats returned to the hearing with small, snarky blue signs to hang up on the ledge next to their nameplates:
Via hashtag, Democrats are suggesting Republicans' plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — introduced by House Republicans on Monday as the American Health Care Act — would cost more money and provide less coverage for Americans. Democrats' earlier efforts to postpone the repeal hearings for a week failed.
After weeks of back-and-forth, the battle over repealing ObamaCare formally began Wednesday with hearings held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. The debates are expected to "last hours, if not days" as Republican leaders try to convince opponents and skeptics to back their bill, Politico reported. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has warned its hearing could even go "through the weekend."