Another Broken Obama Promise: No Transparency In Health Care Legislation Deals

This is how desperate Barack Obama is getting.

From Sharon Theimer of the Associated Press via Town Hall:

In cutting deals with hospitals and drugmakers, President Barack Obama is giving a private inside track to special interests that’s at odds with his promise to make policy in the open.

Obama promised Americans he would hold special interests at arm’s length _ that it would no longer be business as usual in Washington. He pledged to open government and let the public and press hold his administration accountable.

And just over two months before the 2008 election, Obama promised before an audience in Chester, Va., to hash out a health care overhaul in public. “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,” he said then.

That didn’t happen.

Again, we have to ask why Obama does not want this stuff out in public. Because he does not want the public to analyze what this socialized health care package really means, what it will really costs and what it would do to the quality of health care we receive now under private insurance.

More:

[T]he administration’s multibillion-dollar deals with hospitals and pharmaceutical companies have been made in private, and the results were announced after the fact. Both industries promised Obama cost savings in return for an expanded base of insured patients; beyond that, the public is in the dark about details.

“There’s beginning to be a little bit of, ‘Where are all these deals getting us?'” E. Neil Trautwein, chief health care lobbyist for the National Retail Federation, said recently, referring to business concerns that the hospital and drug company pacts would force employers to pay more for workers’ medical benefits. “Is this going to add to the process or subtract from it?”

The White House had no immediate comment.

Nor will they until after the fact. Obama is hell-bent on forcing this package through Congress before the general public can figure out what Washington is trying to force down our throats.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

PROMISES, PROMISES: Private Deals On Health Care
Sharon Theimer
Associated Press via TownHall.com
July 21, 2009

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