Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Open the Health Care Negotiations!

The Democrats are proving they are the party of the backroom deal, the party of special interest, kickbacks and bought votes. Did a candidate named Obama once say something about "transparency?" Why are Democrats afraid of making law in the light of day? Where are all of the so-called good-government types like Common Cause and League of Women Voters and the idealistic youth of America and most of the sanctimonious main stream press? Damn phonies, one and all! The new Democratic Party would make Mayor Daley proud. The Democrats are still the party of the corrupt political machine.

C-SPAN asks Dems to televise negotiations for health reform bill
By Eric Zimmermann - 01/05/10 09:29 AM ET, The Hill

Democratic leaders have reportedly decided to skip formal conference and instead talk behind closed doors to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate bills.

C-SPAN, which would normally televise a conference committee, especially on such a hot topic, wants the negotiations to be public.

"Now that the process moves to the critical stage of reconciliation

Boehner backs move to open health care talks to media
Posted: January 5th, 2010 04:34 PM ET, CNN Politics

Washington (CNN) - The top Republican in the House of Representatives is backing a move by C-SPAN to allow television coverage of House-Senate health care reform negotiations.
In a December 30 letter to Democratic and Republican congressional leadership, C-SPAN Chairman Brian Lamb requested that they "open all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings, to electronic media coverage."

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  1. While you and I do have disagreements about what the best outcome of the health care bill should be, I have to say that as a progressive committed to transparency, I have to agree with you that these talks really must be made open to the public.

  2. The Administration/Congress, wants nothing transparent. If there was transparency, then Pelosi, and Reid, would be on the Capitol steps shouting, "The Tea-Partiers are coming!......
    Read "Cloward and Piven Strategy".

  3. The Republicans have lost any right to ask for anything since that have adamantly refused to undertake serious negotiations on any issue since Obama took office. You want to be in the room when the dealing's done then you have to be a part of the process and earn the right. And I don't recall a lot of cumbaya when the Republicans ran things under Bush, certainly not in the House under DeLay.