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Obama's Audacity to Change His Mind on Open Negotiations

11:20 AM, Jan 4, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Obama on health-care reform process, January 2008:

"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, because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process."

The health-care reform process, January 2009:

"There will almost certainly be full negotiations but no formal conference," the House staffer says. "There are too many procedural hurdles to go the formal conference route in the Senate."