Conversions gradually transforming Orthodox Christianity

Bart Stupak

INSIDE WASHINGTON: Writing a bill in private not unusual

It's extraordinary for legislation as sweeping as the Senate Republican health care bill to be written behind closed doors, suddenly hatched and then whisked through Congress with little time for lawmakers and the public to understand it.

But on Capitol Hill, secrecy happens. It's not uncommon for either party to draft bills or resolve stubborn final hurdles in private meetings, forgoing the step-by-step, civics-book version of how Congress works.

That's even true for the process that produced President Barack Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP is now trying to dismantle. While Democrats reached out to Republicans, held scores of committee...