During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama, not once, but eight times said that the legislation process would be transparent and on C-Span so the public could be made aware of the process and what was in the bill.
To achieve health care reform, “I’m going to 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.”
Sources: Town hall meeting on Aug. 21, 2008, in Chester, Va.Politifact
The airways are repeating Obama’s campaign promises over and over. Everywhere you turn, the youtube promises are being played. So Obama’s response? Nothing. When Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, was asked about it, he skirted the issue. In fact, his ownly response to the question, if Obama had broken his campaign promise, was to say that Obama’s top priority was to get the bill done quickly.
Nancy Pelosi’s comments were even more absurd. She commented that the legislation process had been more open than at any other time. She also scoffed about Obama’s campaign promise regarding C-Span saying the he made a lot of promises……. In otherwords, campaign promises are not meant to be kept. Gotcha, Nancy. I’ll remember that for the future.