- The Washington Times - Monday, January 25, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Democrats’ effort “to forgo a formal, public conference to merge the House and Senate health care overhaul bills, giving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House free rein to hammer out the final measure behind closed doors and thwart Republican efforts to stymie it” (“Democrats look to skip formality on health bills,” Page 1, Jan. 5) is another example of the blatantly dishonest promises given by President Obama in his campaign.

In a town-hall meeting on Aug. 21, 2008, in Chester, Va., Mr. Obama said, “To achieve health care reform, I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators, insurance companies, drug companies - they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, 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.”

This present effort at secrecy and the recent Senate health care negotiations make a mockery of his promise and the reliability of his word.

ROBERT WILCOX

Falls Church

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