The conservative, non-profit group Let Freedom Ring has been circulating a Responsible Healthcare Reform Pledge to members of Congress lately. If they sign, lawmakers are promising not to vote for any bill that they have not read in its entirety and has not been made available to the public for at least 72 hours. So far, 82 members have signed on.
If only it were that easy. Most lawmakers have probably already made up their minds as to whether they are going to vote "yea" or "nay" when the time comes. Reading the 1,000 pages of text is unlikely to change that, but it's a valiant effort nonetheless.
Yesterday I blogged about how Obama promised transparency and then failed to deliver. Something tells me Congress won't be much better in that area.
More about the pledge and a complete list of signers here. If you don't see your Representative or Senator's name, be sure flood their office with emails and phone calls.