Well, at least it's bipartisan.
The still sort-of-new Barack Obama Democratic administration has again adopted another policy straight out of the administration of his much-criticized Republican predecessor, George W. Bush.
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 healthcare changes being drafted there and in Congress.
According to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics 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 Department directive and denying access to visitor logs under the "presidential communications privilege."
This is something I talked about in the past, before he was elected. This is how politicians operate.
Should Obama release the names? Sure, why not. Should we be worried about health-care industry executives meeting Obama? No. They have a voice in this health-care debate too.
Update 7/23/09: Hey, pressure works. Some still say it doesn't go far enough.