Speaking about the health care reform bill at a press conference on Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, said the process has been the most transparent in history.
C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb wrote a letter to Congress earlier on Tuesday, urging Democrats and President Obama to open the final round of talks to the public by allowing C-SPAN to televise the negotiations.
But Pelosi said Congress has already been transparent throughout the health care reform process.
"There has never been a more open process for any legislation," Pelosi said.
While Pelosi suggested the negotiations may be informal, and that may be the most effective way to push the bill, it appears doubtful that TV cameras will cover the talks.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD, assistant to the Speaker, said the healthcare bill had been "subjected to unprecedented level of public scrutiny."
When asked if C-SPAN would be allowed to cover the negotiations, Van Hollen dodged the question.
"We don't even know if there's going to be a conference committee," he said, alluding to the likelihood that Democrats will reconcile the two bills behind closed doors.
If reaction to Pelosi's claim on the internet is any indication, the American public isn't buying it. Blog after blog questioned the Pelosi's honesty, and more than a few commenters questioned her sanity.
"Delusional…All of Congress should be a one term only appointment," wrote one poster on TheHill.com.
"So if there's no conference committee and this will not be a public process in front of the cameras, how is it the most transparent open process for any piece of legislation (in history I assume)????She's insane. She literally says anything to get the heat off her back. I wished the press would interview her every single day so her obvious disconnect with reality would be more obvious. Crazy witch," said another.
The process seems to have been anything but transparent. GOP lawmakers have complained throughout that they have been locked out of negotiations. Votes have been called with very few lawmakers having even seen a bill. Ask the average voter what is included in the bill and you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who knows.
While running for president, then-Senator Obama promised the health care reform debate would be open and held in full view of the American public.
"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," Obama said during a debate against Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2008.