Health Care and Closed Doors by Eric Cantor
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Health Care and Closed Doors
by House Republican Whip Eric Cantor
…not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are…
That is a direct quote from then Presidential candidate Barack Obama two years ago this month. Between 2008-2009, both candidate and President Obama is on record making similar comments to the extent that health care negotiations should be open, transparent, and broadcast on C-SPAN. In fact, President Obama made the promise at least eight times on video.
Americans believed in President Obama’s promise of transparency and are understandably angered over his failure to live up to those assurances.
So what’s changed?
Health care reform, Obama-style, is no longer is an abstraction to the American people. Taxpayers have woken up to the fact that they are on the hook for this massive government takeover of our national health care system. The more they see, the more they don’t like it. The pendulum has swung decisively against President Obama’s plan, and sunlight will therefore only harm its chances of passage.
The American people have the right to know how Washington is spending their tax dollars, especially regarding health care, an issue that affects one-sixth of our nation’s economy, and affects every man, woman and child in America.
Instead of laughing off his campaign pledge as Speaker Pelosi has done, President Obama should honor his vow to the American people. An open and transparent process to reform health care is essential so that all Americans can see what’s going on and decide for themselves how to reform and pay for health care. We must call on President Obama to open up the closed doors so that all Americans know what will happen to their health care.