ALL of the important negotiations will now be held in complete secrecy until leadership is ready for a floor vote. In my opinion, this is criminal behavior by OUR Congress.
The Republicans ought to be raising hell every hour on the hour but unfortunately this is precisely how they passed the Medicare prescription drug bill.
This is one of the most important stages in Congress’ health care reform process, but it’s happening in complete secrecy. The negotiations are basically an informal process of arm twisting and deal making that are taking place in closed-door discussions beyond the public’s view. The only chances we’ll get to see in will be from anonymous “inside sources” and prepared statements from the people involved. For one of the most important parts of the most contentious national policy debate in recent history, that’s not good enough.