Rand Paul slams secrecy surrounding GOP healthcare bill


Paul said in a Twitter posting that he thought the reason House Republicans were keeping the bill secret "is that it's Obamacare lite" instead of the full repeal sought by many conservatives. Their goal: embarrass Republican leaders who have vowed to make the overhaul transparent and are struggling to solidify support.

"It's the secret office of the secret bill", Sen.

Paul also tweeted about his search Friday. "You can't have legislation locked behind closed doors in my state".

The sought-after draft bill is the part of the Republican health care effort being written by the Energy and Commerce Committee, with the Ways and Means panel putting together another chunk. She wouldn't tell us anything really.

A senior House Democrat said the public should see the bill.

"This is being presented as if this were a national secret, as if this were a plot to invade another country", Paul told camera crews and reporters his office had alerted to his quest.

Mr Paul called the repeal of the Affordable Care Act "the biggest issue before Congress and the American people right now" and demanded House leaders release the text of the bill. At one point, a GOP staff member allowed House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy and a dozen or so reporters into the room to inspect it themselves to see that it was, in fact, bill-less.

He entered a room on the first floor of the Capitol where he heard that the bill was being kept, but when he entered the legislation was nowhere to be seen.

In a statement, the Oregon Republican said majority members continue to work on refining the language of a draft bill.

"It's critical. I don't think we can get what we need to get done without nearly universal support", Cornyn said, noting Republicans have 52 senators and need 51 to pass the bill that will serve as the primary vehicle for dismantling the ACA.

The House is expected to be debated in the relevant committees as early as next week.

As of this afternoon, no one has successfully found or read this stupid bill.

Standing in front of the room, where he said they keep the secret text, Paul took questions and calmly explained exactly what he was dealing with.

This was "very unconvincing", said Massie. "Now the baseline is a more. progressive, income-related", Miller told TPM, referring to the tax credits offered under Obamacare.

"If people don't credibly think there are 51 votes for a plan, then the plan doesn't go forward", said Michael Needham, the president of Heritage Action for America, speaking of the Senate.

Obama's law expanded Medicaid to more lower-income people, a move that 31 states accepted, along with billions in added federal payments to cover it. Other Republicans voiced skepticism whether Trump's plan to give states control over health programs for poorer people would lead to spending rollbacks and possibly leave millions of people with no insurance coverage.