"Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."
-- Barack Hussein Obama, January 21, 2009
Readers may also recall this promise which Obama made repeatedly during the campaign:
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. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process."Politifact recognized that promise, like so many others, proved to be nothing more than hot air. True at the time Obama said it and quickly forgotten when it was no longer convenient.
Sources: Town hall meeting on Aug. 21, 2008, in Chester, Va.
But who would have thought Dems would be so desperate to enact a socialist takeover of health care that they would discard any hint of an open, transparent process and stoop to backroom finagling to get their way?
Most people don't like to know how the sausage is made. But when it comes to legislation this important, you might want to pay closer attention. This could happen:
Congress’s Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare
by Brian Darling
...The Senate plans to attach Obamacare to a House-passed non-healthcare bill. Ironically, nobody knows what that legislation looks like, because it has not yet been written. Yet many members plan to rubber-stamp Obamacare without reading or understanding the bill.
The following four-step scenario describes one way liberals plan to work the rules in their favor to get Obamacare through the Senate:
[Read it all here.]
Granted, this is an extreme scenario and one that would entail considerable risk to Democrat senators running for re-election in 2010 (list).
However, readers need to be aware that this kind of thing is possible even as polls show large majorities of Americans are demanding Congress read the bills before voting on them as well as post them online so we might research them as well.