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Mitch Mcconnell refuses to meet with the March of Dimes, American Heart Association, the American Lu...

 

Mitch McConnell refuses to meet with the March of Dimes on the GOP health care bill
 

The Senate Republican leader is hiding his deeply unpopular health care bill from fellow members of Congress, the public, and groups dedicated to fighting for the lives of America's patients, including moms and babies.

 
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Our nation’s patient advocacy groups are experts in the health care challenges our family members face. They understand the complexities of the medical issues with which they contend and the system they must navigate to get the care they need.

 

Republicans say they embrace the notion of “patient-centered care” — health care that serves the values and needs of the patient — but their leaders’ refusal to meet with groups dedicated to advocating for patients, belies that claim.

 

The March of Dimes, which “funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality,” can’t get a meeting with Republican leader Mitch McConnell about the Senate health care bill.

 

Nor can the the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the American Diabetes Association, or eleven other patients groups who requested a meeting with McConnell’s office next week, offering wide-ranging availability.

 

In fact, like so many others, they can’t get a peak at the bill at all.

 

This is no way to run a representative democracy.