In a topsy-turvy twist to the Obamacare repeal saga, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) set out Thursday in search of the House GOP's Obamacare repeal bill supposedly kept under lock and key in a secure basement room in the Capitol complex. With reporters tweeting his odyssey, Paul brought unwelcome attention on the House GOP's odd tactics for avoiding political fallout from the bill that is number one legislative priority for Republicans.
Before embarking on his "National Treasure" quest in the bowels of a House office building, Paul blasted the move to allow only Republicans members and staff of a House committee to review the current draft Obamacare repeal legislation, and to prohibit making copies of the bill.
"I am very upset that they’ve made the Obamacare proposal classified," said Paul, who has been critical of the direction House leadership is said be moving with the repeal. It was reported Wednesday that the bill would be available Thursday for Energy and Commerce Republicans to read, but under conditions akin to a secret intelligence meeting.
"We’re going to be trying to get a look at the Obamacare proposal, but I think the reason that they're keeping it in secret is that it’s Obamacare-lite " Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill. "Conservatives, I can tell you, on both sides of the ... House and the Senate, are very unhappy that they're now making the Obamacare proposal classified. It's under lock and key and we’re not allowed to have a copy of it. I think that’s crazy."
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