Sunday, January 17, 2010

Another Broken Promise: Obama Won’t Post Health Care Bill Online For 72 Hours Before Signing It

Thus doubling down on the promise he’s breaking by not allowing the health care bill to be debated on CSPAN as he also promised.

( – White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs, who has avoided answering questions on whether health care negotiations should be broadcast on C-SPAN, declined to say yesterday whether President Barack Obama would advocate posting the final negotiated bill on the Internet for 72 hours before it is voted on by the House and Senate.
“I don’t know the exact answer to 72,” Gibbs told on Wednesday. “I know that there have … I think health care has been the most covered story by the news media in 2009.”

What baffles me is why Obama would even choose to break this promise. Obviously, by the time the bill goes to him for signature, there’s not much anyone can do to stop it. Posting it online for 6 days isn’t going to change a thing.

At this point, I don’t think Americans could really get much angrier about the bill. Democrats are going to pay the piper at the polls for this bill regardless, so why exacerbate the situation by breaking this promise? Why stick yet another thumb in the collective eye of the American electorate when it could be rather easily avoided?

Maybe breaking promises has just become a habit Obama can’t break. Like smoking.