As Nancy Pelosi said, though;
PELOSI: There were a number of things he was for on the campaign trail.
This refers to Obama consistently promising on the campaign trail he would “…have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.”
But, today the transparency Obama promised seems to be just a memory. Like a lot of other promises he made, for political expediency only. Even CBS news notices;
(CBS) President Obama wants the final negotiations on health care reform – a reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill – put on a fast track, even if that means breaking an explicit campaign promise.
Whats more, C-SPAN remembered the promises made, and CEO Brian P. Lamb send a letter [opens as .pdf] addressed to Both Senate and House leadership requesting access to the closed door debates.
Reaction to the letter by Mr. Lamb can be found here, but try as I may, I can’t make much sense of the statement by Reid’s spokesman Jim Manley. Written within the misdirecting statement is actually one guffaw-eliciting gem; “The drafting of this health insurance reform bill has set new standards for transparency.’
But as I sit here tonight, I’m trying to decide was Obama making promises he didn’t have the ability to keep, or is he just a friggin’ liar?
Leaning toward the latter.
Filed under “Uh Huh”.