For those of you who have stopped following the laughable and labyrinthine healthcare "reform" process, the next step is to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the bill. These bills are very different and the negotiations will likely reveal who a lot about the people who are trying to make this happen.
During his campaign, Obama said that given the significance of this legislation, all Congressional negotiations pertaining to this bill will be televised on C-SPAN. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not having it, stating that all negotiations take place behind closed doors. Given that most of these people are controlled by lobbyists and that horrible deals will be cut (see, for example, Congress agreeing to pick up Nebraska's Medicaid tab FOREVER in exchange for a vote from Ben Nelson), I can understand why she would want to keep a lid on the proceedings. But what about Obama's promise? From wire sources:
A reporter reminded the San Francisco Democrat that in 2008, then-candidate Obama opined that all such negotiations be open to C-SPAN cameras.Pelosi's quote sums up where Obama is in Democratic pecking order. Can someone wake me up when Sandman Sims and Keyboard Cat dance these clowns off?
“There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail,” quipped Pelosi, who has no intention of making the deliberations public.
I have a feeling that this will be my only political-themed post of the year. I'm losing the stomach for this shit. Expect only the finest in rap haikus, questionable racism analysis, and fine girls from DMD in 2010. Fuck politics.