In general, I'd agree with you about openness in government. Possibly, I'm a bit more interested in it than you are, considering my feelings on the Freedom of Information Act and the secrecy so closely guarded during the last administration. I disagree with you about Bush One and the No New Taxes, and the Read my Lips routine, by the way. I think he showed a lot of courage there. I thought he'd held the line marvelously, and didn't raise taxes until he absolutely had to. He should have gotten a Profiles in Courage Award for doing so, because I think he knew it might cost him the election, but I think he did it for the good of the country and in doing so he laid the groundwork for a lot of the Clinton prosperity that followed. I think Bush deserves substantial credit for that because of his tax raise at that point. I've said it before, I know, but I think it's worth repeating.
C-Span in House and Senate, sure, and in a lot of committee meetings, sure, but this is one of those places that have generally been done in privacy. This is a reconciliation process. I confess I'm not super aware of these Senate/House reconciliation committee meetings, but I'd be surprised if there had been many that had been on TV before, if any. I'm open to being corrected, of course, if you have better information, but I suspect that this is hardly the major betrayal that you are painting it as being.
This doesn't mean that I wouldn't want to know what goes on behind closed doors. I do. But we'll see what comes out on the other side. The fact that a Democratic senator from Connecticut is planning on retiring from the Senate after this term suggests that he may be planning to go against the Insurance interests in his state. I am fortune telling here. The fact that The other (Ind) Senator from the same state has no such plans suggests that he will vote against whatever plan emerges. It looks like it might be a hardball kind of game.
My best, Bob