GOP Lawmaker Says Senate Republicans Are ‘Hiding Something’ In Healthcare Bill
A frustrated GOP lawmaker blasted his Republican colleagues in the Senate on Wednesday for crafting their health care reform bill behind closed doors, saying that “they’re trying to hide something.”
“It looks like they’re trying to hide something and it does add to conspiracy theories and everything else,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said on “LI in the AM” radio in New York.
“Listen, there has to be private meetings all the time, but I think there should be more public debate on it,” he said, according to CNN’s ‘K-FIle.’
Republican leaders in the Senate are hoping to hold a vote on their bill, which would overhaul large parts of the country’s healthcare system, next week.
But the bill has largely been drafted by House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a handful of his aides, with limited input from a working group of Republican senators.
Democrats and some Republicans have railed against the process as opaque and secretive, leaving several GOP senators undecided on whether they’ll vote for the measure.
Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act would fulfill a major campaign promise for Republican lawmakers, but the Senate GOP bill could face a tough battle in the chamber as numerous Senate Republicans have already voiced opposition to the legislation.