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Of the 13 Republican senators who’re working to craft laws to repeal and substitute Obamacare, none of them are women.

That’s proper! Zero women. For a proposal that might presumably have an effect on the health care of hundreds of thousands of American women.

Senate management picked the group, and has up to now tried to tamp down on the criticism concerning the panel’s lack of gender variety.

“The working group that counts is all 52 of us,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stated Tuesday. “Nobody’s being excluded based mostly upon gender… Everybody’s on the desk.”

But hey, Senate management, if you are going to decide a working group, it isn’t like you do not have any choices for women to nominate.

There are 4 women within the 52-person Republican majority. Two of them sit on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. That expertise appears fairly related. And you’ve got already invited at the least one to talk to your male colleagues about health care.

So we thought we could supply some ideas. Here’s why every of those Republican women could also be certified to function a part of the working group:

1. Susan Collins, Maine

Collins has sat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee since 2015. At the beginning of this Congress, Collins – together with Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana – launched healthcare laws that principally left the Affordable Care Act intact.

Collins has a number of considerations concerning the health care invoice handed by the House. Reviewing the laws, she stated, left her with extra questions than solutions.

“In order to reply these questions and others, we actually want the Congressional Budget Office to evaluate the influence of the invoice on protection, prices, and premiums,” she said in a statement. “That has not but been accomplished.”

Such warning could be helpful on any working group.

When requested by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos why she *wasn’t* within the working group, she replied, “Well, the leaders clearly selected the individuals they need.”

She famous that she would proceed to work on the difficulty with Cassidy and the opposite co-sponsors of their very own invoice.

2. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska

Murkowski has been a longtime member of the Senate health committee, first turning into a member in 2007. She opposed an earlier model of the House’s laws, again in March, to repeal and exchange as a result of it might have eradicated Obamacare’s Medicaid enlargement.

Following the passage of the House invoice final week, Murkowski informed Alaska media that the Senate would work on its personal laws. She famous, “Incorporating what features of the House invoice stays to be seen.”

Another cause why it could matter that Murkowski’s voice is mirrored on this laws: She has lengthy been a champion for the agricultural communities she represents. Additionally, she, together with Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, lately launched laws that may higher present maternity care for in rural Alaska, indicating that she may chime on this essential women’s health care difficulty if she have been tapped for the working group.

Murkowski herself indicated the shortage of variety could be an issue. “I simply need to make sure that we now have some women on it,” she stated Tuesday.

three. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia

Capito sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee and is part of the subcommittee that oversees appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services. Another senator who represents a big rural inhabitants, Capito joined Murkowski in her concern over the proposed elimination of the Medicaid enlargement within the March iteration of the House invoice.

Still, it ought to be famous that Capito has no love for Obamacare, provided that she voted for its repeal a number of occasions whereas she was within the House.

Capito confirmed she has already been requested to talk to the working group about Medicaid.  But we need to know: Why simply ask her to talk to a group when she could be part of it?

four. Joni Ernst, Iowa

Republicans have made clear the working group was open to people who find themselves targeted on repealing Obamacare. Ernst, the fourth Republican lady within the Senate, made her opposition to Obamacare one in every of her central marketing campaign issues whereas she was operating for workplace in 2014.

This yr, the pro-life Republican launched laws that may finish federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Given that is such a scorching button concern, Ernst’s enter could be beneficial to the working group.

Honorable point out: Patty Murray, Washington

OK, so we all know that Murray isn’t a Republican.

But she IS the highest Democratic member of the Senate health committee. Republicans are going to wish Democratic help to push one thing by means of with out dealing with a filibuster. So, working on one thing bipartisan from the beginning could assist keep away from that concern.

After all, different feminine senators are taking observe. As Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire stated…

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