Now that ObamaCare has passed the Senate, it is time for Democrat leaders to retire behind closed doors to craft another secret vapor deal. The media, Republicans, and average Americans are banned from this meeting to determine the future of health care. Democrat leaders will secretly craft an ObamaCare bill that they think can pass in both the House and Senate. This is yet another example of the self proclaimed "most transparent White House in history" being non-transparent and delivering the functional equivalent of a lump of coal into your Christmas stocking. Merry Christmas America - you will get nothing and like it.
The Wall Street Journal reported today that Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid will go back behind closed doors to write a final ObamaCare bill:
Look for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to try to circumvent the traditional conference committee process by which the different versions of health care reform passed by each house will be reconciled. If so, it will be the latest example of violating principles of transparency and accountability in the single-minded pursuit of legislative victory.
The Senate has passed Obamacare, so what will now happen is that Reid, Pelosi and the Obama Administration will retire behind closed doors, to the Chamber of Secrets, to figure out if the House can pass the Senate version of the bill intact. If not, then Pelosi and Reid will have to craft a compromise, in secret, that they will pass in the House. That amended bill will have to come back to the Senate and be passed intact for the bill to go to President Obama's desk. The crafting of this final compromise will not be transparent, open to the public.
Neil Cavuto of Fox attempted to get a camera crew into Reid's secret meeting before he rolled out the Senate version of ObamaCare. He called it Door-gate and on the day Reid announced a Senate Deal on November 9th. Expect more of this:
Door-gate, yes, day 32. Harry has got the bill. He knows the score, but Harry ain't speaking, and not to us, not to Republicans, because no one is being allowed near the door. It is to the LBJ room. And this is the closest we can get to it. Our camera crew says it is forbidden to shoot it or get anywhere near it, even the hallway near that door.
Get ready for a non-transparent negotiation with the help of the Obama Administration. Slate reported that the Obama campaign pledged to put important meetings on C-SPAN, yet these very important health care meetings are open to nobody but Washington elites.
During a presidential campaign, there's no such thing as over-sharing. Barack Obama promised to run the most transparent White House in history—disclosing donations, shunning lobbyists, and broadcasting important meetings on C-SPAN. Transition captain John Podesta reiterated the point Tuesday when he said Obama's would be "the most open and transparent transition in history."
It is expected that the result of these closed door meetings will be more cash for votes. As I wrote at the Big Government web site in a post titled "Earmarks Buy ObamaCare" - expect more earmarks to buy votes in the House. More of this:
- Ben Nelson sells his health care vote to Harry Reid - Examiner
- Louisiana Purchase, Part Deux - Statesman Journal
- Health bill money for hospital sought by Dodd - AP
- Deep in Health Bill, Very Specific Beneficiaries - New York Times
- The Wages of Sin (Or, What the 60 Got) – National Review Online
- The Demcare Bribe List – Michelle Malkin
- Cash for Cloture: Demcare bribe list, Pt. II - Michelle Malkin
ObamaCare is inches from the goal line, but it can be tripped up by the Stupak pro-life language or if the House supporters of the public option pledge to vote against any bill without it. It also can be stopped Members of Congress smarten up and listen to the chorus of constituents who intensely dislike the bill. Merry Christmas to all -- to bad Harry Reid became the Grinch that Stole Christmas. As lobbyists in Washington for health care interests buy a 3rd beach house for Christmas and celebrate the progress of government mandated health insurance, the American people looked to a 2010 with a tightened belt and less money to pay rent.