Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times notes that Obama and Biden are having the same sort of secret meetings that gave proper progressives fits when it was Dick Cheney meeting with oil company execs. But this time it is health care oriented, so no worries from the usual howlers on the left. [But the day was young! See the Update.]
Obama administration officials have rejected a watchdog group's request for a list of healthcare industry executives who've been meeting secretly in the White House with Obama staffers to discuss pending healthcare changes being drafted there and in Congress.
According to the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, which is suspicious of the influence of health industry lobbyists and company officers, it received a letter from the Secret Service citing an Obama Justice Dept. directive and denying access to visitor logs under the "presidential communications privilege."
No, We the People still don't get to watch the sausage being made. I hope people weren't seriously expecting change.
UPDATE: Memorandum puts the LA Times story and blog post near the top, so we see kvetching from Greg Sargent, Alex Koppelman of Salon, Marcy Wheeler, David Kurtz of TPM, and no doubt others. Well, good for them.