Yahoo News peeks behind the curtain of secrecy surrounding the Republican health care bill to learn what we can about what it may contain. We’ll combine our own reporting with the best insights from around the Internet to give you the latest on the future of health care in America.
With the clock ticking on the Senate’s efforts to craft its own health care bill by early July, more Republican lawmakers are growing frustrated at their own party’s lack of transparency in the drafting process.
These grumblings are not limited to more moderate senators — even Sen. Bob Corker and Sen. Marco Rubio, more conservative members of the Republican caucus, have expressed concern about the accelerated timeline and surreptitious process that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has undertaken. Rubio and Corker have not been part of the 13-member working group appointed by McConnell to draft the bill.
“I’ve said from Day 1, and I’ll say it again,” Corker told The New York Times. “The process is better if you do it in public, and that people get buy in along the way and understand what’s going on. Obviously, that’s not the route that is being taken.”
“The Senate is not a place where you can just cook up something behind closed doors and rush it for a vote,” Rubio said on the CBS news program “Face The Nation.” “So the first step in this may be crafted among a small group of people, but then everyone’s going to get to weigh in.”
McConnell has said the Senate will not take up a health care bill before the Congressional Budget Office analyzes its potential effect on premiums. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told the Portland Press Herald last week that she would not vote for the bill without this step.
“I’m not going to vote for a bill whose impact has not been analyzed by the CBO,” Collins said. “I think that it is not a responsible way to legislate, when you don’t know the impact on cost and coverage. I always believe legislation is…