The Dems Continue to Work Behind Closed Doors

Discussion in 'Politics' started by drjekyllus, Jan 5, 2010.


    C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    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.

    "That's what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are," Obama said at a debate against Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2008.

    Lamb urged Congress in his letter to fling open the doors in the final stretch of the negotiations.

    "President Obama, Senate and House leaders, many of your rank-and-file members, and the nation's editorial pages have all talked about the value of transparent discussions on reforming the nation's health care system," he wrote. "Now that the process moves to the critical stage of reconciliation between the chambers, we respectfully request that you allow the public full access, through television, to legislation that will affect the lives of every single American."

    Lamb said his network would use "the latest technology" to be "as unobtrusive as possible" during the talks

    This final bill sounds like it is going to be a real winner.
  2. LYING FUCKERS! They promised (1) bi-partisan input and compromise, and (2) transperancy... neither of which are we getting.

    If you all DUMBASS LIBTARDS VOTE TO RE-ELECT ANY OF THESE OBAMACARE/TYRANNY BILL PASSERS, YOU DESERVE TO ROT IN HELL! BTW... your children and grandchildren don't deserve the same fate, but they'll receive the equivalent....

    Think about it...

    :mad: :mad:
  3. Nothing quite like a reasoned conservative response. Now stop wasting time, strap on those jackboots and goosestep your way to the nearest teabag rally! (Don't forget your bible and open carry.)
  4. <object width="518" height="419"><param name="movie" value="" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="" allowfullscreen="true" width="518" height="419" /></object> Health Care Letter.pdf
  5. That 200+ million dollars the health insurers spent on their campaign sure has gotten around where even hillbilly teabaggers from this forum are in the sphere.
  6. Wanna stop Health Care? Somehow Brown has to win in Mass. The inter-term election happens this month (the 19th I think). He's 9 points behind in the polls. If he pulls it out, he takes away the 60th filibuster vote and forces Democrats to work bi-partisan.

    So somehow he has to win.

    If you live in Mass., you need to get out there and push this man. He'll derail the Dems in just about everything they're trying to jam down our throats.
  7. And about Obama's statement?
  8. It's nearly hopeless.

    the election hinges on the union vote and elderly and unfortunately I do not think either is very educated in the outcome.

    A few friends of mine are high up in the iron workers and sheet metal unions and they realized they are screwed if this passes, the rank and file worker just pulls the lever and votes democrat not realizing what a financial wreck is going to be put upon them.

    The hope is that the elderly realize that since barry cut payments to dr's for medicaire advantage leaving 20k people either uninsured, unable to afford the new plan or with no dr get out and vote.

  9. cstfx


    intrade doesn't think he has much of a chance:
  10. nitro


    :mad: I WANT THE TRUTH :mad:
    #10     Jan 5, 2010