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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 letter to House and Senate leaders 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 choices are."
Originally posted by Walkswithfish
Forgetaboutit.... Nancy will have a hissy fit and make sure it can't happen... After-all she and lover Harry know what is best for all of those uneducated and completely ignorant cable news watching Americans.
[edit on 5-1-2010 by Walkswithfish]
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Congress' work on a healthcare bill Tuesday saying the process has displayed historic transparency, just as C-SPAN mounts an effort to open the negotiations.
"There has never been a more open process for any legislation," Pelosi said at a press conference.
Pelosi also hinted that holding informal negotiations--likely without TV cameras--might be the most practical way to push the legislation through.