Lacking Transparency About A Lack Of Transparency

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 7, 2010

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I guess I ought to feel badly for Robert Gibbs; after all, he is forced to defend the indefensible, and he can do it neither artfully, nor with a straight face. But if the White House Press Secretary has such pronounced difficulties trying to explain away a broken promise by the President of the United States, maybe that is as good an indication as any that the White House ought to rethink breaking its promise to throw some sunshine on Congressional deliberations concerning health care reform.

Too bad that no such rethinking is in the offing. A hint to Representatives and Senators: If this much skulduggery is required to pass an exceedingly complicated, exceedingly intrusive health care reform bill, then perhaps you ought to start asking what the White House and its Congressional allies feel they need to hide. You also ought to start asking whether your own constituents will start thinking that the White House and its Congressional allies feel there is something they need to hide when it comes to health care reform. And you ought to start wondering whether you really want to be perceived as being part of the group of people trying to move Heaven and Earth to ensure that the formulation and implementation of health care policy is as opaque as possible.

After all, it might not be the wisest move, politically, to be seen as part of the effort to shut the public out of the creation of health care reform.

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