Senate Republicans do not plan to publicly release their draft health-care bill, two senior Senate GOP aides tell Axios. The draft is expected to be completed Monday evening. One of the aides explained that Senate Republicans are "still in discussions about what will be in the final product, so it is premature to release any draft absent further member conversations and consensus."
By not releasing a draft of the GOP-backed American Health Care Act, Republicans will likely further enrage Democrats already irked about the lack of transparency surrounding the writing of the plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Last week, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) erupted on the Senate floor after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) confirmed there would not be any hearings on the bill. "We have no idea what's being proposed," McCaskill said. "There's a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making these decisions."
Senate Republicans are eyeing a vote on the bill before the July 4 recess.