Americans Waiting on Televised Health Care Talks

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President Obama is pressing Congress to negotiate a final health care bill outside the public eye.

On Tuesday, he urged congressional Democrats to bypass the normal procedure for reconciling House and Senate bills.

Usually a committee hammers out those compromises, but the president wants House and Senate leaders to work out the details behind closed doors, despite a campaign promise that the negotiations would be broadcast on C-Span.

C-Span sent a letter to the Obama administration calling on the president to keep his promise, but officials have not responded.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists the negotiation process has been extremely open, but is she right?  Click play for insight from Seton Motley of the Media Research Center.

Obama says speedy passage of a health care bill is paramount. He wants to sign it before his State of the Union address in February.

Opponents:  Health Care Bill Unconstitutional

Opponents of the health care bill say it is unconstitutional. At issue, is the requirement for all Americans to buy a health care plan or pay a fine.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, along with other legal experts, wrote an editorial that appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

"It's one thing for Congress to regulate what people are already doing and another thing to require people to do something in this case, buy health insurance," Hatch wrote. "It is a line that Congress has never crossed and the courts have never sanctioned."

The Washington Post reports opponents will quickly challenge the health care bill in federal court should it become law.

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