Senate chooses all-male group to work on healthcare bill

A 13-member working group in the Senate tasked with crafting the upper chamber's legislative strategy to repeal and replace the ACA has garnered attention for its lack of diversity, according to The Hill.

The group, appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., includes no female senators. An aide to Mr. McConnell told Reuters in an email the panel is focused on the issues of healthcare costs and coverage. "You can get caught up in process, or you can focus on the actual reality," Don Stewart said in the email, according to the report.

When asked on ABC's "This Week" why she was not included on the panel, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said, "Well, the leaders obviously chose the people they want," The Hill reported. She also noted she is working on her own plan with Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and looking for moderate Democrats to form a bipartisan group, according to the report.

 

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