Republican Paul, Democrats search for House GOP measure
‘We cannot find the bill,’ House Democratic Whip Hoyer says
House Republicans thought they were writing a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Instead, on Thursday, they found themselves running a traveling circus.
Following reports that a major chunk of their health-care legislation was being held for House GOP review in a secret room somewhere in the Capitol complex, Democrats and Republicans who hadn’t been invited started the hunt. Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, was first on the scene of the supposed secret location.
“It’s the secret office of the secret bill,” Paul told a gaggle of reporters. After being denied entry by a security guard and staff aide, he quickly turned the moment into an impromptu press conference about legislation transparency.
“I suspect public pressure will make them release it,” he said.
Except, as it turned out, the bill wasn’t there. House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady was in the room, but the Texas Republican said the bill wasn’t.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday blasted House Republicans for keeping their ObamaCare repeal and replace legislation under wraps.
“I have been told that the House Obamacare bill is under lock & key, in a secure location, & not available for me or the public to view,” Paul tweeted.
“This is unacceptable. This is the biggest issue before Congress and the American people right now.”
Conservatives United to Fight ‘Obamacare Lite’
Paul later accused House Republicans of plotting “Obamacare Lite,” a Republican version of Obamacare that may leave in place both subsidies and a coverage mandate.
“This is unacceptable. This is the biggest issue before Congress and the American people right now,” Paul tweeted. “What is the House leadership trying to hide? My guess is, they are trying to hide their ‘Obamacare Lite’ approach.”