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.I'm just going to hazard a guess that this offer will not be accepted. This process is seemingly more and more partisan. All indications are that the Democrats in Congress are going to go this alone and not even consult Republicans. Of course, the problem here might be that we may not get the best deal on health care reform. I'm not sure there is one in sight. Besides one side insists on it their way, and the other side does seem to do nothing more than obstruct.
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.
In a Tuesday afternoon press conference on health legislation negotiations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to object to the premise behind the request.
"There has never been a more open process for any legislation in anyone who’s served here’s experience," she said.
BTW, what Brian Lamb is offering Obama wanted. I wonder how long he'll keep him mouth shut on this. Although it is possible that if he calls for this well there might be some "blowback" onto him. Hat-tip Newsalert!
We were supposed to get health care reform late last year. It's 2010 and this process is still moving very slowly!