“The C-SPAN television network is calling on congressional leaders
to open health care talks to cameras — something President Barack Obama
promised as a candidate.
Instead the most critical negotiations on Obama’s health plan have
taken place behind closed doors, as Republicans repeatedly point out.
In a Dec. 30 letter to House and Senate leaders released Tuesday,
C-SPAN chief executive Brian Lamb asked for negotiations on a
compromise bill to be opened up for public viewing, as Democrats work
to reconcile differences between legislation passed by the two chambers.
Obama pledged during a presidential debate in January 2008 that he
would be “bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those
negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the
Why the need for such a plea?
This is one of my chief complaints about this administration. Barack
Obama repeatedly and convincingly (to great throngs of admirers)
promised transparency in his government. Besides other promises he has
broken…..to be post-partisan, ‘bring all parties together’, listen to
voices that disagree, etc…….Obama has run an administration and a party
in Congress that operates behind closed doors with no access to anyone
but cronies and party loyalists.
And actually, the more they obscure, the more the people are beginning to see.