The Health Care Dealmaking: Will We See It On C-SPAN?

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Remember this promise by candidate Barack Obama during the presidential campaign?:

But the last point I want to make has to do with how we’re going to actually get this plan done. You know, Ted Kennedy said that he is confident that we will get universal health care with me as president, and he’s been working on it longer than I think about than anybody.

But he’s gone through 12 of these plans, and each time they have failed. And part of the reason, I think, that they have failed is we have not been able to bring Democrats, Republicans together to get it done.

(APPLAUSE)

That’s what I did in Illinois, to provide insurance for people who did not have it. That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.

(APPLAUSE)

Well, as I noted below, we are getting down to the end of those negotiations, and C-SPAN stands ready to cover it. Its CEO Brian Lamb sent this letter to the House and Senate leaders:

I suspect, though, that we shouldn’t be setting our DVRs just yet…

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