C-Span has asked Democratic leaders to open their negotiations on a final health care bill to live television coverage. But despite promises of transparency, Democratic leaders may be reluctant to agree.
Brian Lamb, the chief executive of C-Span, made the request in a letter to Congressional leaders on Dec. 30. He released the letter on Tuesday after it appeared on Politico.com, a political news Web site.
“President Obama, Senate and House leaders, many of your rank-and-file members, and the nation’s editorial pages have all talked about the value of transparent discussions on reforming the nation’s health care system,” Mr. Lamb wrote.
“Now that the process moves to the critical stage of reconciliation between the Chambers,” he added, “we respectfully request that you allow the public full access, through television, to legislation that will affect the lives of every single American.”
The House and Senate are preparing to abandon the traditional approach of melding their health care bills in a conference committee, which would allow for some floor debate — and television coverage.
They'll do whatever it takes to fulfill Barry's "legacy", even going so far as to break promises they made to the American people.