If you were boiling frogs, would you tell the frog?[ 06-11-2003: Message edited by: Doug Thomas ]
Lewiston Sun Journal
Dirigo Health passed through committee Tuesday. The plan is so complicated and so compromised that the committee endorsement will likely sweep it through the House and Senate without scrutiny.If thereâ€™s been a theme of Dirigo Health, itâ€™s been â€œrush it through and keep it secret.â€On Tuesday night, before the committee vote, it took a forceful argument by three reporters to stop what had stretched into hours of secret negotiations. In previous weeks there have been many such closed-door meetings and lawmakers are unapologetic about slamming the door shut on constituents.No matter what the Legislature decides to do with Dirigo, the secretive nature under which this law was drafted will forever shadow its intent. Dirigo may or may not be bad legislation. Time will tell.What is bad is the way it was crafted and the willingness of lawmakers to seal themselves behind closed doors, locking out the public they are duty bound to serve.[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/story.asp?slg=061103stealthlawmaking]http://ww...