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    C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage
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    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.

    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.

    Congressional leaders, however, reportedly are expected to bypass the traditional conference committee process, in which lawmakers from both parties and chambers meet to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of a bill. Instead, The Associated Press reports that top Democrats at the House, Senate and White House will figure out the final product in three-way talks before sending it back to both chambers for a final vote.

    This format would seem ideal for closed-door meetings, which congressional Democrats have used many times to figure out sensitive provisions in the health care bill -- though President Obama pledged during the campaign to open up health care talks to C-SPAN's cameras.

    "That's what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are," Obama said at a debate against Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2008.

    Lamb urged Congress in his letter to fling open the doors in the final stretch of the negotiations.

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    So, does anyone here think it's an unresonable request for CSPAN to ask democrats to honor the pledge Obama made to allow their cameras in?

    I want to know exactly what the democrats are hiding from the American people.

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    Re: C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    "That's what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are," Obama said at a debate against Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2008.
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    Re: C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    It's not unreasonable at all. There is nothing classified or of an export control nature in healthcare policy.
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    Re: C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    It's nice to slowly start to see the media doing their job - holding our elected officials accountable. And while I know that C-SPAN isn't what I would consider "media", the MSM outlets are picking up this story thanks to C-SPAN.
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    Re: C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    Here's a little clip that should make democrats mad as hell... but it won't.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPg5WHfIHlk"]YouTube- Greta Van Susteren on Obama; He's a Liar[/ame]

    If you payed attention closely to Obama's words, you realize exactly why he has kept the negotiations secret, and behind closed doors. He wanted CSPAN there to show the country who is working on behalf of their constituents, and who isn't. Since the republicans are the ones who are on the side of their constituents, and the democrats are ignoring them, it explains everything.

    What Obama meant to say was:

    "There will be transparency as long as the American people support my proposals... Since RealClearPolitics Average shows that only 38.6% favor our health care plan, and 50.7% oppose it, the negotiations will take place behind closed doors and no cameras will be allowed in, because seeing how we're going to force this thing down your throats anyway, it would make us look bad... real bad."
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    Re: C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    It's interesting to see the Faux spin in action. "challenge!" become "implore" then simply "request", and the flat denial of transparency becomes " reportedly expected to bypass...."
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    Re: C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    It's interesting to see the Faux spin in action. "challenge!" become "implore" then simply "request", and the flat denial of transparency becomes " reportedly expected to bypass...."
    It's more interesting to see how you don't like the message so you attack the messenger....
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    Re: C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    I think they should stand there on C-span and fully read and debate every bill. If they think this bill is so good then they should have nothing to hide. They should read outloud for everyone to hear,debate it and let citizens read it before before voting on it.


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    Re: C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    It's interesting to see the Faux spin in action. "challenge!" become "implore" then simply "request", and the flat denial of transparency becomes " reportedly expected to bypass...."
    Let me guess... This is a right wing, Fox News conspiracy to make Obama look bad... Right?

    Obama has done nothing wrong, is the most transparent president in the countries history, and never promised to allow CSPAN to televise anything.

    Lies... all lies I tell ya!

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    Re: C-SPAN Challenges Congress to Open Health Care Talks to TV Coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I think they should stand there on C-span and fully read and debate every bill. If they think this bill is so good then they should have nothing to hide. They should read outloud for everyone to hear,debate it and let citizens read it before before voting on it.


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    Isn't that precisely what Obama said he would do?

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