New Podcast: The State of Debate on Capitol Hill and The American Health Care Act
In this special edition of Intelligence Squared U.S. podcast, we are taking a moment to explore how debates really work in Congress, and to get an insider's perspective on how it has been changing over time.
Trumpcare, or the American Health Care Act, provides us a timely opportunity to examine the quality of Congressional deliberation. Senate Republicans have been accused of writing the bill behind closed doors, with a plan to provide less than 20 hours of public debate - on legislation that will affect millions of Americans and 1/6 of the economy.
However, before it went to a vote, the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, got 25 days of debate - one of the longest periods of bill debate in Senate history.
Listen to the podcast, featuring Mickey Edwards and John Donvan: