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C-SPAN: Health care talks should be televised

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posted on Jan, 5 2010 @ 09:56 AM
Ok, President Obama...your pre-election vow to maintain open communication and dialogue with the American citizenry seems to not have been totally true, has it?!!? The health care debate/discussions/talks seem to be happening behind closed doors, away from the cameras, microphones, and reporters.

And when CSPAN is begging for coverage, despite ratings that include 1 in every 1,000,000 households, you know something is wrong.

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."

posted on Jan, 5 2010 @ 10:08 AM
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.

It must be done behind closed doors to protect vital interests and primarily because the American people do not know what is best for them, But Nancy and Harry do!

If you are a multibillionaire and executive of a major beneficiary of the final health care reform plan perhaps you could contact Nancy and Harry for access to a secured, secret, private video feed of these deliberations.

[edit on 5-1-2010 by Walkswithfish]

posted on Jan, 5 2010 @ 04:12 PM

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]

Pretty good call Walkwithfish!

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.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 09:53 AM

Clip of President Obama vowing, on 8 occasions, that the health care debate should/will be televised.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:31 AM
Thanks for this thread. For me, a big C-Span fan, I think this is an interesting topic and a quite real and blatant conspiracy; or at least it has that potential. Yet ATS tends to overlook such real conspiratorial topics on a frequent basis (maybe 50-50) IMO. Anyways, it seems to be getting pretty juicy.

Here's some added stuff:

This is the succinct, 1 page letter in pdf form:
Gibbs beating around bush:

The Cali Skank beating around the bush:

Interesting to see what will happen.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 11:03 AM
So I've thought about it and this is a great topic for several reasons many of which simply speak to the sad reality of our federal government like:
-Typical Press Sec playing ignorant which is obvious.
-Typical Congressional Pelosi-mafia style dealings of BOTH Dems and Reps (actually the Interests they serve).
-Typical lack of transparency and broken promises on transparency
-Typical stark corruption which these politicians can lie DIRECTLY about to the American people and smile about it on camera.

But then there are others factors at play here that make this Letter issue great:
-It involves C-SPAN which is cool as they are typically very neutral IMO.
This brings into focus
-the absolute seriousness and importance of the Executive Director of C-SPAN sending this to the 4 Congressional leaders
This to me is really big. I wonder how political of a move this really is. Is it just for transparency or are there other factors at play here? If it is just about C-SPAN addressing congressional (and OBAMA) transparency, what a pathetic body of self-legalized criminality Congress has become. If cameras end up not being allowed, the supposed Representative nature of this country's government is indeed in serious trouble.

Go C-SPAN and Brian Lamb! I demand full transparency from my government!

[edit on 6-1-2010 by Moonsouljah]

posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 12:46 AM
Ha, this issue has been and will almost assuredly be ignored into next week by ATS yet the Daily Show with Jon Stewart made it the main news topic.

posted on Jan, 10 2010 @ 12:48 AM
The sheep are grazing don't disturb them!

posted on Jan, 15 2010 @ 11:27 PM
Eisen dodges on C-SPAN health lockout

Closed-door talks on health reform are unhealthy

[edit on 15-1-2010 by Moonsouljah]

[edit on 15-1-2010 by Moonsouljah]

posted on Jan, 16 2010 @ 02:13 PM
One thing nobody ever talks about is 95% of all health problems are self inflicted. So it would be interesting to have people take responsibility for there Exercise Diet, and Stress levels. Or this might be 100 years too soon for that.

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