Dems pledge to put health bill online 72 hours before vote

The final healthcare bill will be available online for at least 72 hours, House Democratic leaders said Thursday.

According to the one of the official Twitter feeds of the House Education and Labor Committee, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) pledged to post the final language of the bill for people to review before lawmakers vote on final passage.

The HealthReformNow Twitter page said:

Pelosi and Hoyer say final health reform bill will be online for 72 hours before House vote so Members and Americans can review #hcr

Democratic leaders in the House and Senate had posted their bills online before final passage votes on their respective packages earlier this year. 

Those pledges came in response to Republican demands, and the threat of a discharge petition in the House, that would have forced the 72-hour window for the bill.

Still, Republicans have voiced complaints that the healthcare bills haven't been subject to enough sunlight, a charge they're seen as likely to level again in the closing days and weeks of this debate.

Cross-posted to the Briefing Room