He even stopped mid-search to talk to reporters, some of who asked, "Are we sure the bill even exists?" "This is what you get, '" Paul said.
But it is what has been going on privately that has Republican lawmakers upset.
The sought-after draft bill is the part of the Republican health care effort being written by the Energy and Commerce Committee, with the Ways and Means panel putting together another chunk.
Yet a trio of Senate conservatives - Mr. Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah - have objected to the House GOP approach, on top of centrists who are anxious about unwinding Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid for the poor or defunding Planned Parenthood over its abortion practice as part of the draft plan.
"This is being presented as if it were a national secret, as it if it were a plot to invade another country". House Speaker Paul Ryan wants House committees to mark up and pass an ACA repeal bill as early as next week.
At one point, a GOP staff member allowed House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy and a dozen or so reporters into the room to inspect it themselves to see that it was, in fact, bill-less.
She and Pallone then went into McCarthy's office, asking for the location of the bill. Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., claimed to have checked the men's room.
"So you can be a millionaire and not have employer-based health care and you're going to get a check from the federal government - I've got a problem with that", said Meadows.
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Thursday's histrionics came as Ryan and other GOP leaders try delivering on one of their and President Donald Trump's top political priorities, despite lingering disputes.
Maybe it's a coincidence, but Politico has also gotten its hands on what is purported to be the latest draft of the House Obamacare repeal plan, and it shows few if any concessions to right-wing objections.
We are saying, 'Let's repeal it, let's put the same legislation on President [Donald] Trump's desk that we put on President Obama's desk, and then let's replace Obamacare with a patient-centered, family-centered, doctor-centered plan, ' not what we have now, which is Washington in control.
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is drafting the current legislation, are pushing back on the "secret Obamacare plan" narrative.
"The only copy we've seen is from the media", Paul said Thursday morning.
This was "very unconvincing, " said Massie. Millions more will lose their coverage after Republicans place a cap on Medicaid payments to the states. The most conservative congressional Republicans oppose any type of refundable tax credit that exceeds what people have paid in income tax, which they denounce as a new entitlement.
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Medicaid would likely be able to cover sick people who are priced out of the market as well, Paul said.