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Pelosi and Reid Will Not Commit to Giving the Public a Week to Review the Healthcare Reform Bill

July 5, 2009

  As a candidate Barack Obama promised to have the most open and transparent administration in history. As part of that pledge he made a promise that all bills would be posted on the internet for a week in order to give the American people time to read the bills and comment on them before he either signed them into law or vetoed them. This was also supposed to give the bill a “cooling off” period.

  As president he has totally ignored that pledge to the American people on every single bill that he has signed. The most glaring example of this, but not the only example, was in the case of the stimulus bill. That bill was not posted on the internet for the American people to read, and with good reason for the administration. The bill never would have been accepted by the American people if they had had the chance to see all of the pork that was in it. The excuse given in that case was that any delay would have been disastrous. We are now about 120 days into the stimulus plan and nothing has improved. Joe Biden and the other Obama apologists are claiming that we should start to see the effects of the stimulus bill any day now and that the stimulus was a long term solution, not a short term solution. If this was the case than giving the people one week to read the bill would not have had a negative effect.

  Congress is now in the process of repeating the same breech of Obama’s transparency pledge with the healthcare reform bill. Both Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have either stated that they will not allow the American people the chance to read the bill for one week, or have refused to commit to Obama’s pledge to let the bill sit for one week in order for the people to digest what is in it.

  Earlier, when Harry Reid was asked whether the bill would be available to the American people for a week he refused to commit to Obama’s transparency promise.

Reid was asked the following question: “When the stimulus came up earlier this year members and citizens had less than two days to review the final bill before it was voted on. Will you commit to give Americans at least a week to review the full conference version of the health-care bill before it’s voted on?”

The majority leader did not directly answer the question.

“That was a very hectic conference, we felt it was imperative that we move this bill forward to help the economy, and in hindsight we did that right thing,” he recalled. 
Reid did not commit to more time. Instead, he promised the Senate would “follow the rules.”
“We are going to follow the rules and do the best we can so that the new rules we have for transparency will be effective,” the majority leader said at a news briefing on Thursday.

  But according to Obama’s campaign promise those new rules included letting the public view ALL bills for one week. He must be forgetting that part.

  His excuse?

“We have been putting things online. We’re doing so much more than we did just a year or two ago, so I think there’s no secrets, we try to be as upfront as we can, give everyone as much opportunity as we can to move forward,” he added.

  They are putting the bills online, just not for Obama’s specified amount of time, that is Harry Reid’s justification. They are doing more than what was done before? That is not good enough. We are supposed to be able to read 1000+ pages of documents in 48 hours? Even those who vote on the bills do not have enough time to read them yet we are supposed to read them in 48 hours?

  Nancy Pelosi was then asked the same question about whether the people would have Obama’s pledged week to read the healthcare reform bill, she also would not commit to keeping Obama’s pledge for transparency, only saying that the House  “would follow the rules.” By her statement that the House would “follow the rules” she confirmed that Obama’s transparency pledge has been thrown out the window on this bill.

“Well, we will abide by the regular order. You heard the question,” she said. “It was about having the health care bill out there a week in advance. We will have the regular order in terms of the appropriate amount of time, 48 hours in advance for amendments before you file the bill, another day before you can take up the bill

  Her excuse for scuttling Obama’s pledge?

“But this bill is something that has been unfolding before the American people for a long time now. The areas of controversy are well known,” said Pelosi.

“So it was in the public domain, but not as a bill,”

  Because the bill is so prominent the American people already know what is in it. Therefore even though it isn’t officially a bill we already know everything that we need to know.

  That excuse, much the same as Harry Reid’s excuse, just doesn’t cut it. When the climate change bill came up for a vote (after not being posted online for a week either) a three hundred page amendment was added to the bill at 3:00 in the morning before the vote was due. In this case the American people had no idea what was in the amendment, neither did those who were voting on the bill. Nobody could have ever guessed that there was language in that bill that would allow the government to demand that private homeowners would be mandated to make “green” improvements to their homes. Nobody knew that in order to win ONE Democrat vote $3.5  billion would be thrown at her state in a de facto bribe. That was not open and that was not transparent.

  So while the American people may know some of what is in the healthcare reform bill we do not know everything that is in the bill, and we certainly do not know what may eventually be added to this bill. But according to Nancy Pelosi we already know enough.

  We are just supposed to sit back and let the government tell us what is best for us. The bill isn’t even in its final form, it hasn’t even been completed, yet we know everything that we need to know?

  One has to wonder what last minute amendments will be added to this bill that we will not find out about until it is too late.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2009 2:13 am

    Well, you said it, they know what the public would say if they had a chance to read these bills before they were voted on.

    Congressionally, common sense would dictate that if you haven’t read a bill, then you probably shouldn’t be voting for it. But then I’m talking common sense.


    • July 6, 2009 5:27 am

      They are willingly putting their agenda ahead of the will of the people otherwise they wouldn’t be so scared to show us the bills.


  2. July 6, 2009 3:05 pm

    Pelosi and Reid are anti-American ASS HOLES… And I apologize to ALL ass holes that were offended by being placed in that category…


  3. July 6, 2009 5:10 pm

    Of coarse, they don’t want the public to have a close look at this before its signed into law. A turd at first glance, may seem to be something else, but as one looks closely and examines the big pile reveals itself and the truth of turdism is seen.


  4. Godless American permalink
    July 7, 2009 11:10 am

    What’s funny is that your headline mentions Reid and Pelosi, and then your big historical proof is something Obama said. Obama doesn’t control Reid or Pelosi, and they never made that promise. Did you even vote for Obama or are you just another person trying to cover the things he hasn’t done YET as president. I only ask because if you had voted for Obama, there’s other things that he hasn’t done that are more important like repealing DADT and also the DOMA.

    I think you’re just trying to smear the guy and it’s ironic that you’d do that for something that you would never have asked Bush/Cheney to do, those two being the most secretive administration we’ve had in decades. But maybe I’m wrong and you did vote for Obama and you weren’t a Bush/Cheney supporter.


    • July 8, 2009 5:52 am

      Read around here a little bit and I think that you will be able to figure out if I voted for Obama.
      Obama pledged to be open and transpaent and that is why I hold him accountable for Pelosi and Reid. They are all in this together.


  5. July 7, 2009 6:36 pm

    Obama doesn’t have to control Reid and Pelosi, these three are soul brothers. Reid and Pelosi are just chips and Obama will play they as needed. If you think Obama doesn’t control the demos in Congress you are living on another planet. He and he alone runs the show on the left and these two jerks are in his back pocket. When he says jump, they say how high. Now when his poll numbers drop as they surely will, they things may change, but for now…..


  6. Godless American permalink
    July 8, 2009 11:23 am

    I don’t think the Democrats have ever been the lemmings that Republicans are. Just because one says something doesn’t mean the rest would agree. That’s why those Republicans that actually disagree with their party are famous for it, i.e. McCain, because it doens’t happen very often. Democrats, though, have all sorts of different stances and ideas and don’t always agree. Thinking that Obama has anyone in his pocket is just not supported by anything that’s taken place so far. Pelosi and Reid are their own people, Obama has no specific power over them.


    • Deb permalink
      July 12, 2009 4:34 pm

      Yes, he does. Three branches of government, checks and balances, ring a bell?


  7. July 12, 2009 5:34 pm

    I can’t believe you guys are sitting around griping about Reid and Pelosi. You should have learned by now that they are all political hacks and have no respect for the people or the “rules”. They have the opportunity to run the country for their own benefit and have the power to do it. They will too, until we change it by getting in a senate and congress with balls and common sense. But we have a better chance of electing me king. BTW, when I am KING, I’ll need a good Lord High Executioner, anyone want to volunteer?


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