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So much for pledge about openness

"I don't think I can recall in recent political history a serial public vow that was so flagrantly and cynically renounced," Victor David Hanson wrote in National Review about President Obama's pledge for an open debate on health care reform. Democratic leaders are conducting the final negotiations between the House and Senate reform bills behind closed doors. Liberals are also upset; Julie Menin wrote on Huffington Post that the closed meeting "only allows lobbyists to barter and trade the bill into an even worse state."

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