U.S. Democrats on Sunday criticized the lack of women on a working group in the Republican-led Senate that will craft a plan to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. As the Senate begins to wrestle with a Republican healthcare bill narrowly approved by the House of Representatives last week, senators questioned why the 13-member working group put together by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell does not include any of the chamber’s five Republican women. “Women’s health is a big part of this and women are a majority of the population, and their health interests deserve to be contemplated in any reform”, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
The Democratic National Committee will meet in Atlanta, Georgia, to choose the new chairman, practically the one who will be the front runner for the next presidential elections. The need to choose a new leader has emerged from the unexpected defeat in the presidential election in November and especially from the obligation to reorganize the party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, where Democrats hope to regain a majority in Congress following five years. The candidates are many, but the most probable are former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a favorite of former Obama administration officials, Deputy Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to the Congress, and the two leaders of the more liberal area of the party,Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. If none of the candidates obtain a majority of 447 votes will go to a second round in which the candidate with fewer votes will eliminate.
President Obama met on Capitol Hill several of Democrats Senators and Representatives, including the minority whips of the House of Representatives and of the Senate. Obama is working together with his Congressmen to try to work out a strategy to save the law on health insurance, renamed Obamacare. In fact, until now Obamacare has survived thanks to the presidential veto power, but by January 20 will no longer be possible. A meeting, similar to the one that Obama had today, was also made by the Republicans, under the guidance of Vice-President Mike Pence. In this meeting the Republicans choose, on the advice of the President of the Commission for the Budget of the Senate, Mike Enzi, to scrap Obamacare with a procedure that requires a simple majority. In fact, the Republicans can count on a majority in both houses of Congress.