Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) claimed Republicans “have locked the Democrats out of the room” on health care, but it appears she didn’t read the news that some of her colleagues are working with Republicans.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a possible 2020 presidential candidate, claimed that Republicans “have locked the Democrats out of the room” on health care in an interview with Yahoo! Finance published on Wednesday. The only problem? Her claim is not true.
Warren also told Yahoo! Finance that the Republican posture is ‘[l]alala, I can’t hear you’:
“We have said, ‘We’ll work on those goals. You tell us, help us and we will work on those goals.’ We’re glad to do a joint plan. We’re glad to modify the current Affordable Care Act in order to do that,” she said. “And the Republicans are saying, in effect, ‘Lalala, I can’t hear you.’”
Another possible 2020 candidate, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), made a similar claim this week, as Yahoo! Finance pointed out:
Your morning reminder that under the cloud cover of the FBI story, 13 GOP Senators are still secretly writing a bill to destroy the ACA.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) May 15, 2017
The only problem? The claims are mostly false.
Media outlets reported on Tuesday that vulnerable Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are working with some Senate Republicans on Obamacare fixes, and other moderate senators have expressed openness to changes as well.
Perhaps Warren is frustrated that centrist senators are not on board with her support for single-payer health care, an issue she recently joined socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on. She may also not like the changes some Republican senators want to make to Obamacare.
Is she “locked” out of the room though? That’s doubtful.
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