Health care bill deadline looms while senators on both sides wait to see draft

While Senate Republican leaders say they plan to hold a vote on their health care bill by the end of the month, their rank-and-file members are still deeply divided over major parts of the legislation — and virtually none of them have seen a draft of the bill.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., voiced feelings many rank-and-file Republicans have about the process during a Sunday TV appearance. He said that he didn’t have a problem with a small group working on the first draft but that “the Senate is not a place where you can just cook up something behind closed doors and rush it for a vote on the floor.”

Most Senate Republicans have attended meetings to discuss the health care bill that have been open to all members, in order to register their views with leadership. But they have not yet seen a copy of the bill, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to be drafting on his own.

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