Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, said Tuesday that a “discussion draft” of the Senate Republicans’ Obamacare repeal and replace bill would be unveiled Thursday. He added that it would be made available to the press at that time as well, but would not commit to how long the bill would be available to the public prior to a vote, which Republicans could call for as soon as next week.
“I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday and we will go to the bill, obviously once we get a CBO score, which is likely next Tuesday,” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday.
He added that the American people will “have plenty of time” to see the bill and defended the lack of transparency during this process.
“We have been discussing all the elements of this endlessly for seven years,” McConnell said. “Everybody pretty well understands it. Everybody will have an adequate time to take a look at it. I think this will be as about as transparent as it could be.”
McConnell would not guarantee that he had the 50 votes it would need to pass in the Senate.
“We are going to make every effort to pass the bill that dramatically changes the current health care law,” McConnell said.