Rand Paul, Mike Lee Rip Into Health Care Bill, Which Is Now Expected Thursday

“They’ve gotten kind of weak-kneed,” the Kentucky senator says of his GOP colleagues. If he, Mike Lee, and one other senator defect, the bill is dead.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced this afternoon that a “discussion draft” of the rushed, flawed, and secretive Senate version of the American Health Care Act will be unveiled Thursday, in advance of a hoped-for vote a week hence, on June 29. “Oh they’ll have plenty of time” [to read the bill], McConnell said. “This will be about as transparent as it can be.” Uh-huh.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), long considered the most likely Republican “no” vote, did not sound enthused about the legislation today. While stressing that he’ll decide only after reading the bill, Paul reiterated in remarks recorded by Bloomberg News political reporter Sahil Kapur that he’s “not interested in voting for anything that’s a new entitlement program,” and that it might be better to “start over.” More from Paul:

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