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Yes, Republicans have an ObamaCare replacement plan. No, you can't see it.

Not just anyone can see Republicans' newest plan for repealing and replacing ObamaCare. When the details of the plan are finally released Thursday morning, it will be available only to Republican members and their staffers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and even they can only view it in "a dedicated reading room," Bloomberg reported. "No one is getting a copy. We can go and read it," said Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), who indicated to the Washington Examiner the draft will be hidden away "in a basement room of an office building that adjoins the Capitol."

Bloomberg noted the high levels of secrecy surrounding this new draft are likely meant to "avoid a repeat of what happened last time," when an "outdated draft" leaked prematurely and was "quickly panned by conservatives." But House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) insisted earlier this week the bill was following the usual legislative process. “We're not hatching some bill in a backroom and plopping it on the American people's front door," Ryan said.

Apparently a "basement room" is different.