Yes, Mitch McConnell’s secretive lawmaking is really unusual — in these 4 ways

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) takes questions during a weekly news conference following a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Directed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a dozen or so Republican senators have spent weeks behind closed doors crafting a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have not held any committee hearings or legislative drafting sessions for the bill, and Democrats are shut out. Even some Republicans complain they’re in the dark about their own party’s bill.

Dealmaking behind closed doors is common in the contemporary Congress. Still, the GOP’s extreme secrecy in hammering out a health-care deal strikes me as different in both degree and kind from past practice. Is this a legitimate approach, and can it succeed?

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