Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed in a press conference Tuesday that the draft would be circulated Thursday, after several Republican senators laid out the timeline to reporters earlier in the day.
McConnell said a finalized version of the bill would be released after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) publishes its analysis, which is expected to occur sometime next week.
Monday night, Democrats gave late-night speeches meant to clog up other Senate business and draw attention to lack of information on the crafting of the American Health Care Act, which is being revamped after passing the House to applause from GOP lawmakers.
"Certainly his premise is that Democrats don't want to have anything to do with repealing the Affordable Care Act, and it's because what they're doing is a bunch of partisan nonsense to notch up a political and partisan victory", the Wisconsin senator told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on "Newsroom".
Even as you read this, 13 old white men are meeting behind closed doors in an effort to deprive millions of Americans of health insurance.
The bill is now being drafted by McConnell and around 12 other Republican lawmakers.
The AHCA also would allow states under certain circumstances to apply for waivers that exempt insurance companies from having to cover numerous essential health benefits that are guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act.
Republican senators have been meeting behind closed doors for weeks to hash out a health plan. "And I'll need information to able to make that determination". Mike Lee (R-UT) said in a Facebook video posted Tuesday. On the Senate side, Alexander told us past year that in crafting the Senate bill, "We talked to every single Senate office". Republicans like Barrasso see the bill as a win for the GOP and for the promises they made on the campaign trail. "I don't think it gives enough time to thoroughly analyze the bill, but we'll see when it comes out", she said of the prospect of voting on the Affordable Care Act repeal next week, when McConnell has said he expects the bill to go to the floor. He concluded: "So if you're frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration wholeheartedly".
McConnell accused Democrats - who on Monday threatened to use a series of procedural motions to slow down the Senate's work - of preventing Congress from acting.
Take a step back here.
"Most Republicans don't have a clue as to what's in this legislation, let alone Democrats, let alone the average American", fumed Senator Bernie Sanders.
As soon as actual Americans learned what was in the bill, they went ballistic. They would have brass bands going down Main Street America saying: 'Look at our bill. At the same time, GOP defenders of nondefense spending are opposing Black's proposed cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid, even though they are far smaller than the cuts proposed by Trump. "That is my number one priority".
Still, McConnell's tactics on health care stand out from other secret dealmaking. Alexander touched on bipartisanship as well as process when he told us previous year that: "Patty and I worked well together, and I took her advice on how to try to get a bipartisan bill on a very complex issue, which is something that had eluded us for the last two Congresses". Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) ― who ultimately voted for the Finance Committee's bill, even though she voted against the final Democratic legislation on the floor.