C-SPAN Asks Dems to Keep Their Word & Open Obamacare Backroom Meetings to American Public
Barack Obama told Americans numerous times during the 2008 campaign that he was going to hold his health care talks on CSPAN.
He was lying. Democrats have kept the process private all along. They didn’t even give their members enough time to read the bill before it was voted on. They bribed members with $1.2 billion for their votes and this week they decided to hold private negotiations with House and Senate on how to swallow up the health care industry.
C-SPAN asked democrats to keep their word to the American public and quit holding backroom meeting on the government takeover of one-sixth of the nation’s economy.
FOX News reported:
The head of C-SPAN has implored Congress to open up the last leg of health care reform negotiations to the public, as top Democrats lay plans to hash out the final product among themselves.
C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb wrote to leaders in the House and Senate Dec. 30 urging them to open “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings,” to televised coverage on his network.
“The C-SPAN networks will commit the necessary resources to covering all of the sessions LIVE and in their entirety,” he wrote.
Congressional leaders, however, reportedly are expected to bypass the traditional conference committee process, in which lawmakers from both parties and chambers meet to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of a bill. Instead, The Associated Press reports that top Democrats at the House, Senate and White House will figure out the final product in three-way talks before sending it back to both chambers for a final vote.
This format would seem ideal for closed-door meetings, which congressional Democrats have used many times to figure out sensitive provisions in the health care bill — though President Obama pledged during the campaign to open up health care talks to C-SPAN’s cameras.
Mary Katharine Ham has more on the criticism of the democrat’s conference process on health care.
The Obamacare talks this week will once again completely bar GOP lawmakers.