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Republicans Insist They’re Being Transparent With Their Hidden Health Care Bill

By in Huffington Post on June 13, 2017

By Michael McAuliff

WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans, after holding closed-door meetings with President Donald Trump and senior administration officials on their still-secret health care bill, declared Tuesday that actually, they are being transparent.

“Nobody’s hiding the ball here. You’re free to ask anybody anything,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters, when asked about the charge from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that Republicans are “ashamed” of the Obamacare repeal bill they are writing.

Although Republicans later backed down, just two hours before McConnell spoke they had tried to bar reporters from asking questions in public hallways outside of hearing rooms.

That juxtaposition with McConnell’s “ask anybody anything” line brought ringing scorn on Twitter.

-Why hide the health care bill?
-We’re not hiding the ball
-No, we asked about a bill, not ball
-Oh, the bill! Yea, we’re hiding that https://t.co/G9U6VPPFKf

— Ways and Means Dems (@WaysMeansCmte) June 13, 2017

…except in hallways. https://t.co/zWtYNtHNaX

— Beth Elderkin (@BethElderkin) June 13, 2017

But see the actual legislation? No way. Do you take us for fools? https://t.co/pbraNksUq5

— David Simon (@AoDespair) June 13, 2017

McConnell was not alone in asserting transparency.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.), one of Obamacare’s most vehement critics, said Democrats were just griping about the process. But he claimed that process will be entirely transparent ― once the GOP is done writing the bill.

“Now we hear [Democrats] complaining about transparency,” Barrasso said. “The Republican Senate bill, under reconciliation, will go to the Senate floor, and be open for amendments. It will be an open […]    

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