The Washington Times - November 16, 2011, 12:41PM

If the Supreme Court is going to rule on Congress’s new health care law, one top lawmaker wants to make sure everyone can tune in and watch the arguments.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday added her name to the list of those calling for the Supreme Court to make an exception and allow cameras in to telecast next year’s oral arguments on the health care law. While cameras have long been permitted in many lower courts, Supreme Court justices have long resisted appeals to film arguments there.


Mrs. Pelosi joined with Sen. Charles E. Grassley, an Iowa Republican, who has also called for cameras.

“When the Affordable Care Act is placed before the highest court in our country, all Americans will have a stake in the debate; therefore, all Americans should have access to it,” Mrs. Pelosi, a California Democrat, said. “Openness and transparency are essential to the success of our democracy, and in this historic debate, we must ensure the ability of our citizens to take part.”