C-Span’s Call For Broadcasting Final Health Care Hearings Now Moot.
As reported on “The Hill,” House and Senate Democrats have agreed (at President Obama’s request) to forego the bicameral conference committee to merge the two healthcare bills into one for final signing by the President.
This all but renders moot the request by C-Span for President Obama to allow the conference to be televised for the benefit of the American public. So much for transparency. In bypassing the bicameral conference, that essentially eliminates the opportunity for Republicans to have any input to the process of blending the two pieces of legislation into one or to raise any other issues about either version.
Perhaps worst of all, this virtually strips the process down to the point where we no longer have a representational form of government. So much for Democracy.
It may be legal, but it certainly should raise eyebrows from an ethics perspective. According to unnamed aides, an agreement to bypass the committee was reached during a Tuesday evening meeting at the White House between President Obama, Vice President Biden and the top two Democrats from each chamber.Once again, the meeting was held at night and behind closed doors to the public.
So much for the last shred of credibility of Barack Obama who touted in one of his first news conferences as President nearly a year ago: “Transparency will be the cornerstone of this administration.”
Yeah, and trust me: I’ll still respect you in the morning.
According to aides, the decision to scrap the conference committee was made to eliminate any possibility of Republicans employing procedural delay tactics. This political maneuvering may result in what the Democrats and President are looking for: A passable bill with the least opportunity for bi-partisan involvement.
It is also exactly the opposite of the song and dance performed by Obama during the primaries and the presidential campaign. And, not that they give a damn, it goes against the position made clear consistantly by the majority of Americans.
Rasmussen polls have shown consistency in regards to a majority of Americans being against the changes to our country’s health care system.
If ever there was a time for the American public to band together in their objection to passage of healthcare reform, this is it. If it passes, America will no longer have the healthcare system that is the envy of people from all over the world.
While Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama will be celebrating what they undoubtedly will refer to as a great step forward, we will, in fact, be lowering our standards for all, adding a crushing debt to our already teetering economy and, in all likelihood, sentencing older Americans to a system that will turn away from them when they need it the most.
My personal commentary on this is very simple: THIS is the time to step up and demand accountability from those we send to Washington to represent OUR interests. THIS is the time to let your Congressmen and Women that this healthcare reform is UNACCEPTABLE and you demand that the will of the people (as indicated in the polls above) be heard and respected.
We have reached nothing less than a watershed moment in America’s existence. How it plays out will be determined by the actions “We, The People” take at this moment. Speak up now, or kiss our health system goodbye.
Dodd and Dorgan may have taken the coward’s way out of facing the wrath of their constituents, but there are many more facing their own political mortality this November. Let them know what’s in store for them if they disrespect our wishes. Do it now.