Senator Lincoln on Health Bill Transparency

From Senator Lincoln’s website. in case you missed it:

Talk Business: Lincoln Leading Transparency Effort
“Citing a ‘frustrated’ electorate and low Congressional approval numbers, Lincoln called for a 3-day public notice period for health reform legislation to be considered before any vote could take place.  Her proposal calls for legislative text and complete budget costs from the Congressional Budget Office to be posted on a public website at least 72 hours prior to a first vote on any health care bill.” [Talk Business, 10/6/09]

Arkansas News Bureau: Lincoln: Transparency Matters
“U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., says she wants Arkansans and all Americans to get a good look at health care overhaul legislation before it moves forward in the Senate …. ‘What’s wrong with taking our time to ensure that not only do we get it right but there’s a comfort level in the people we represent? That’s important,’ Lincoln told reporters during a conference call today.” [Arkansas News Bureau’s Politics in Arkansas blog, 10/6/09]

OzarksFirst: Lincoln on Greater Transparency in Health Insurance Reform
“Lincoln’s plan for greater transparency regarding health insurance reform legislation would require the following legislative text and complete budget costs from the Congressional Budget Office to be posted on a public website at least 72 hours prior to the first vote and the final agreement between the House of Representatives and the Senate and complete costs of the final bill made available to the public for 72 hours prior to the vote on final passage in the Senate.” [OzarksFirst, 10/7/09]

CQ: Moderate Democrats Demand Transparency in Final Health Care Bill
“Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., a Finance Committee member, took the lead in outlining the group’s detailed request in a letter to Reid. The effort by the seven Democrats and one independent is significant because the overhaul is unlikely to succeed without their backing. Also, several said that if they do not get their way, they might use procedural tactics to block consideration of the overhaul.”  [Congressional Quarterly, 10/6/09]

Wall Street Journal: What’s the Rush?
“Eight Democratic Senators have written Majority Leader Harry Reid and asked him to post the final health care bill on the Internet for at least 72 hours before any vote. They also want all amendments posted before they are debated.” [Wall Street Journal, 10/7/09]

Congress Daily: Senate Timetable Slips As Moderates Demand Waiting Period
“The moderates want the text as amended and modified CBO scores available electronically 72 hours before a final vote on the measure. If Reid determines he must acquiesce to the moderates to get the bill passed, such efforts could delay a final vote further by a few weeks at least.

‘Whether or not our constituents agree with the direction of the debate, many are frustrated and lacking accurate information on the emerging proposals in Congress,’ the senators wrote.

‘Without a doubt, reforming health care in America is one of the most monumental and far-reaching undertakings considered by this body in decades. We believe the American public’s participation in this process is critical to our overall success of creating a bill that lowers healthcare costs and offers access to quality and affordable health care for all Americans.’” [Congress Daily, 10/7/09]

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