GOP senators ask for transparency on health reform

Author: Matt Wilson

Posted on January 11, 2010

All four Republican senators from Tennessee and Georgia signed a letter this week asking for transparency in the process of putting together the House and Senate health care bills.

“Closed-door negotiations and unprecedented special provisions in exchange for votes do not meet the expectations of the American people,” the letter states.

The letter — signed by Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee and Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia — asks that negotiations be televised on CSPAN.

Officials announced this week that final negotiations on the bill would bypass a traditional conference committee and would instead be done chiefly by Senate, House and White House leaders.