GOP Senator Who Was Supposed to Help Write Health Care Bill Says He’s Been Shut Out: ‘I’m Told That it Exists’

Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah was part of the 13-person working group that was slated to draft the Senate’s health care legislation. But not only has he not been involved in the writing process, Lee hasn’t even seen the bill.

“I’m told that it exists,” Lee said in a Facebook live video.

Speaking to constituents, the Senator joined a growing chorus of critics on both sides of the aisle who have ripped the secrecy behind the legislation, even among Senators like Lee who were supposed to be closely involved with the process.

“It has become increasingly apparent in the last few days that even though we thought we were going to be in charge of writing the bill within this working group, it’s not being written by us,” Lee said. “It’s apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership in the Senate. So if you’re frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration.”

Lee added that he was opposed to the idea of voting on the not-yet-released bill next week.

“We should have been able to see it weeks ago if we were going to be voting next week,” he said.

Watch above, via Facebook.

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