GOP congressman issues warning over secrecy of healthcare reform bill

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In an interview on New York radio program, “LI in the AM,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) shot out a warning to his fellow Republicans against creating the healthcare reform bill behind closed doors.

“Listen, there has to be private meetings all the time, but I think there should be more public debate on it. It looks like they’re trying to hide something and it does add to conspiracy theories and everything else,” King reportedly said in the interview.

The Hill reported that the bill has been primarily put together by Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and a few aids, with “limited input” from a group of other Republican senators.

A draft will be released on Thursday, according to McConnell, but many Republicans have noted that will not give them enough time to look it over before they have to vote on it next week.

Many GOP senators are upset enough about the whole process being shrouded in secrecy that they’re now undecided on whether they will even support it.

Likewise, Democrats are especially outspoken against it, due to the secrecy surrounding the bill.

The bill faces a slim chance of passing, as The Hill noted that McConnell can only afford to lose two GOP votes and still have Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in order to get it over the threshold.

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