Obama breaks campaign promise to bring transparency to Congress

President Obama campaigned on a promise to bring transparency to the legislative process. This week three members of Congress and Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will meet privately to reconcile the differences between the five competing health care bills.

Obama repeatedly said on the campaign trail that health care reform negotiations would be “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.”

Obama made this particular promise at a town hall meeting on Aug. 21, 2008 in Chester, VA.

In the room is Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) , Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Emanuel.

Why has Obama abandoned his transparency pledge? Probably because he doesn’t have as much control over Congress as he thought he would, or the compromises to drug and insurance companies are such bad politics that he doesn’t want anyone to see what’s going on.

For more reporting on this issue read the Washington Post story and Politico has the full text of Obama’s campaign promise in Virginia.

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