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Senate Republicans following House's secretive path in crafting health care bill

Senate Republicans following House's secretive path in crafting health care bill

Senate Republican leaders drafting a measure to revamp U.S. health-care policy appear to be following the same path as their House counterparts: writing a bill behind closed doors before springing it on other lawmakers and the public close to a vote.

Rank-and-file Republicans, including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona, say they don't know what's in an emerging Obamacare replacement that's been under negotiation since the House passed its version in early May. Even lawmakers who have attended small-group sessions to help draft it say they aren't sure how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, may be resolving areas of disagreement.

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