Rand Paul rips GOP for drafting Obamacare repeal in guarded room

Posted March 04, 2017

"The president was laying out principles-they are principles I agree with: that we should honor our word that we should repeal Obamacare; that we should reduce the cost of premiums; that we should expand choice; that we should empower patients".

Paul said he "became a little suspicious" when he heard about Republicans hiding their bill in a "secure location in a secret room" in the U.S. Capitol.

Paul and two other senators, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, are displeased with the contents of the 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. He later called the whole thing "crazy".

"If they're not embarrassed about the "Obamacare lite" bill they have, they should show it to us", Mr. Paul said.

In the Senate, three conservatives who have been a thorn in the side of leadership are back at it again. "There are people describing various aspects of it-pretty significant in detail, but without letting any of us see it in writing, that's just not fair". "I mean, think about it this way - politicians love praise and cameras". McCarthy directed him to Walden's office. "She wouldn't tell us anything really", Paul said in an interview with Politico after an exchange with a staffer.

And with that, Hoyer leads the viewers through doors and down corridors, descending steps of Congress in search of this bill.

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Republicans are moving forward next week to repeal and replace Obamacare with a new draft bill that's being kept under wraps. That's not regular order.

"I think there is a bill in there", he said. "And now we're told it's being classified and the hearing is like a security clearance hearing - you have to have security clearance and permission and have to be on the committee to see the bill". And members of the House Freedom Caucus, considered the most conservative wing of the Republican Party, said they would oppose the bill because it includes refundable tax credits for people who are too poor to pay any federal income tax. Murphy said Republicans should work with Democrats to fix the healthcare law. Paul was trailed by Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and a group of Democratic Congress members.

The report, one of the last under former HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, is the latest to suggest that the Republican plan to repeal and replace the health law would not provide the same level of financial assistance for marketplace consumers.

Paul's sentiments have been supported by some Republicans and have caused a storm in the White House that has reportedly left some Democrats delighted. It took the Democrats dozens of committee hearings and almost 14 months to pass the law, which included many Republican amendments.

Republicans are "working very closely with the Trump administration" on the proposal, Ryan told reporters later at his weekly media briefing.

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

"It'd be good if we maybe had a sniffer dog", Schakowsky told reporters.

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