Boustany urges President and Congressional Democrats to open negotiations

U.S. Representative Charles W. Boustany, Jr., R-Southwest Louisiana, today urged President Obama and Congressional Democrats to honor their pledge to open health care negotiations for C-Span to televise for the American public.

“Writing a massive, trillion-dollar health-care bill in the dark, as Congressional Democrats and this Administration are doing, leads to unintended consequences, favored special interests and continues a broken system in Washington,” Boustany said. “The President needs to make good on his promise to make these negotiations public.

If Congressional Democrats have nothing to hide in this massive health-care overhaul, C-Span should be allowed to televise the process for the American public. The President made a promise to allow C-Span to broadcast the negotiations, and he should keep his word to the American people.”

Speaking about health care reform at a 2007 event, then candidate Obama said, “[w]e will work on this process publicly. It will be on C-Span. It will be streaming over the Net.” Throughout the presidential campaign, Obama frequently cited his promise to allow C-Span access to televise health care reform negotiations.

Boustany supports providing patients and doctors with more information and more choices about health insurance and services. By increasing choices and competition and making insurance companies more accountable to patients, the resulting lower costs will allow more families to develop a quality doctor-patient relationship.

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