US President Barack Obama is behind closed doors again in an effort to reconcile versions of the health care bill approved by two Senate committees. Charlie Rich and Ronnie Milsap were right when they sang, "Oh, no-one knows what goes on behind closed doors". According to the latest Rasmussen poll only 42% of Americans favor the health care proposals, while 54% oppose. Last week Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Senator Christopher Dodd met behind closed doors. No big announcement was made so I'm assuming to consensus was reached.
So much for transparency. There is an effort afoot to make these hearings public:
Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-13) will introduce a House resolution this week demanding that all conference committee meetings on a sweeping health care reform bill be conducted in the open "under the watchful eye of the American people."
Buchanan's resolution would put the House on record against secret, closed-door talks among lawmakers who will draft the final health care bill to be brought before the House for consideration.
It's time for action on the part of all voters, so pick up your phone and make the call. From Bob McCarty Writes:
According to this post on the OFA web site, OFA Director Mitch Stewart hopes to deluge members of Congress with 100,000 phone calls tomorrow in support of the president’s so-called “health care reform plan” which, in reality, constitutes nothing less than government-run health care that will result in long lines, delays in service and higher costs, according to opponents of the measure (see these BMW posts for more details).
SHARE THIS INFORMATION with everyone you know and TAKE ACTION NOW! CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS in Washington, D.C., and demand they oppose this dangerous, deadly and costly legislation.
I'm wondering if any of them will be glad that they are men when this dirty process is over, or if they will feel as if they have been neutered by their employers -- the American citizens. As the song says,
'Cause when we get behind closed doors
And she lets her hair hang down
And she makes me glad that I'm a man
Oh no one knows
What goes on behind closed doors
Sarah Palin is calling for allowing insurance companies to cross state lines to sell insurance, and a federal tort reform law that would reform medical malpractice litigation, which sounds good to me. But her detractors say "even if they did work to cut costs (and there's much debate about that), would do so at the expense of state's rights, something that Palin has claimed to be a staunch supporter of."
And so it goes ...