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Shameful Back Room Deals Finagled by Our President

Although I read fairly widely and appreciate the research on any subject that others have done, I rarely use anyone’s full-length article for a post. Today is an exception, for this issue is crucial: No American will escape the consequences if this situation continues to be handled in such an irresponsible and immoral manner.  The misrepresentations by President Obama concerning health care are blatant, seemingly illegal backroom dealings are prevalent,  and this article is so concise and well-pointed that I bring it to you as posted today by the Heritage Foundation.


Speaking at a town hall meeting on August 21, 2008, in Chester, Virginia, then-candidate Barack Obama promised the American people: “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies … what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents … And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.” The participants around Obama’s fictional big table may have changed depending on where he was speaking, but throughout his campaign the essential promise was always there: “negotiations televised on C-SPAN.”

Of course, Obama already broke this promise to the American people months ago. According to PoliFact, the backroom deals Obama cut with drug companies and hospitals last July already violated this pledge. But those were just preliminary negotiations. Surely when it came time for the final health care bill passage in Congress, Obama and his allies would welcome some transparency into the process? No such luck.

Politico is reporting that President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will meet at the White House today (joined by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) via conference call) to set the parameters for reconciling the House and Senate versions of health care legislation. However, instead of proceeding with the usual public and open conference committee process, the White House is going to take a very active role in secret behind-closed-door meetings between the House and Senate. The Sunlight Foundation explains the implications for the American people: “Both House and Senate rules require that all conference committee meetings be open to the public unless a majority of conferees votes in open session to close the meetings. Senate rules require all conference committee reports be publicly available for at least 48 hours prior to a final vote. Without conference, there is no mechanism to provide for openness in the final discussions regarding the health care bill.”

And there is plenty of reason the American people should demand transparency in the final stages of the legislative process. We previously identified Six Key Differences between the House and Senate bills, all of which deserve their own public debate. But one issue in particular is in desperate need of the disinfectant powers of sunlight: Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D-NE) deal exempting Nebraska from the costs of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

Last week, after a group of 13 state attorneys general promised to file suit against Obamacare should the Nelson deal become law, Nelson called South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to “call off the dogs.” According to McMaster’s office, Nelson said the deal was not his idea, was simply a “marker” placed in the bill, and that the issue would be fixed by extending the same Medicaid exemption to all states. Will the budget-busting Medicaid problem get “fixed” for all states? If so, how? The American people deserve to know.

There is more than one reason the American people have turned solidly against President Obama’s health plan. Americans believe Obama’s plan will increase their health care costs, decrease the quality of their health care, raise their taxes, and increase the deficit. And as former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has admitted, Obamacare is not real health care reform. No wonder President Obama wants as little public input as possible.

Truly, I fear for America. Something is not right.

Edit: One more thing. Today CSPAN–certainly not a bastion of conservatism–has challenged the government to keep its word.

CSPAN has sent a letter to the House and Senate asking that they “open all important negotiations” to electronic media coverage.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

7 replies on “Shameful Back Room Deals Finagled by Our President”

As a Rock-Solid-Christian, non-voter and resident of the U.S. who maintains a neutral and open mind about politics, I think it is in such a time as these that we have to sit and ask ourselves these questions.

If Jesus was in the flesh, on earth right now – how would He react to this? Would He support a bill that gave to the poor and perhaps took a little more from the rich? (Story of Zacchaeus ring a bell anyone?)

Would Jesus publically scorn and accuse without evidence?

I submit to you that the person with a true heart after God will look past their own selfish desires and be willing to reach out and take a step in Faith, that will likely result in providing a much needed service to the poor and lower income families of the United States.

Shameful that Christians have resorted to such selfishness and greed.


I have copied many of the varied news articles on some of these dark smokey room type deals. Why was it done in such a mannor? What was the goal they hopped to achive?
The buying of votes without anyones knowledge!
Pass the bill as soon as we can to make you know who look better!

Just my thought:



I can’t wave to Chicago Political Hijinks. It is just Husseins true agenda being revealed. Look I am still waving…… Up with America…Down with back room Politics!! And this from a transparent administration?? Perfectly clear enough to me, and should be to any honest American!


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