Further adding to the dubious nature of the entire health-care “reform” efforts, congressional Democrats have indicated that they may be bypassing the formal conference committee procedures normally used to merge House and Senate bills. Instead, they will reportedly opt for continued private (read: secret) meetings:
The meetings will likely continue behind closed doors, and there is no word on how the public will know what agreements have been reached.
This is all despite claims by President Obama in his presidential campaign that negotiations would be in public and televised on C-SPAN. As fact-check Web sites like PolitiFact have pointed out, this has not been the case. C-SPAN has even asked that their cameras be allowed to televise these negotiations.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even had the nerve to claim:
There has never been a more open process for any legislation.
So much for open government.
As Lord Acton once wrote:
Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
Why are the details of such an important bill being hammered out away from public scrutiny?