When will Reid go public with his health bill?

Senate Republicans want to see the Democratic health care proposal written by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and sent to the Congressional Budget Office for scoring earlier this week.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and the rest of the GOP conference sent a letter to Reid, arguing that the contents of the bill should be immediately made available to them and the public, by posting the legislation on the Internet.

“With an issue this large and complex, we need full transparency at every stage in the legislative process,” the letter says. “President Obama was elected, in part, on his promise to bring greater transparency to the workings of the federal government.”

Not even rank-and-file Senate Democrats have seen the bill, which includes a public option with an “opt out” mechanism for the states. Reid said he is waiting for the CBO to give the bill a price tag.

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