Health Care Declassified: Republicans are skeptical of a closed drafting process – but will they act to open it up?

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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 Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., more conservative members of the Republican caucus, have expressed concern about the accelerated timeline and surreptitious process that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has undertaken. Rubio and Corker have not been part of the 13 member working group appointed by McConnell to draft the bill.

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.”” data-reactid=”35″>“I’ve said from Day 1, and I’ll say it again,” Corker from Yahoo News:

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