Kingston Continues Fight For Transparency In Health Care Reform
Amid rumors that a deal is nearing in the closed-door negotiations on health care reform, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) continued his fight today to bring more transparency to the process.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he called for the final legislation to be made available on the Internet for at least 14 days prior to any vote.
"Thus far the American people have been shut out of these negotiations," Congressman Kingston said. "It's time to peel back the curtains so we can all see just what's in this bill. If Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid truly believe this is the right bill for America, it should stand up to full scrutiny. If it can't, then they should go back to the drawing board and find something that will."
Citing a flurry of last-minute legislating over the past year, Congressman Kingston says things have gotten out of control. Without extra time for review it's hard for the American people, much less their elected representatives, to understand the full impact of legislation.
Congressman Kingston also hopes the added time for review would prevent unintended consequences.
Earlier this year President Obama signed a bill into law which, due to a typo, would require anyone wishing to carry a gun on board AMTRAK trains to be themselves locked into a box. While it's a mistake which can be corrected, for now it's the law of the land.