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My suggested Saturday Night Live "ObamaCare on C-SPAN" sketch

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin have recently offered to co-host Saturday Night Live. The SNL writing has been poor all season, with only one good sketch among every five so-so or downright awful sketches.

The SNL website has a Writers’ Room, where I offered my take on “ObamaCare on C-SPAN”:

C-SPAN HEALTHCARE NEGOTIATIONS SKETCH
Violins play in the background for a long, long time.
ANNOUNCER: C-SPAN is pleased to present live coverage of the negotiations for a new healthcare bill. Healthcare is as much as one-sixth of the entire American economy. On a video made by the San Francisco Chronicle on January 20, 2008, Barack Obama said: “Plan forward, and I would welcome input and say either my goals, reduce costs, increase quality, coverage for everybody. If you have better ideas, please present them. But these negotiations will be on C Span. So the public will be part of the conversation and will see the choices that are being made.” Barack Obama said in a debate in Los Angeles on January 31, 2008: “That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are, because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process.” At a town hall in Chester, Virginia, August 21, 2008, Barack Obama said: “And what I’ve said is, I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.” Barack Obama said in a Google Q and A on November 14, 2008: “I respect what the Clintons tried to do in 1993 in moving health reform forward, but they made one really big mistake, and that is, they took all their people and all their experts and put them into a room, and then they closed the door. We will work on this process publicly, it will be on C-SPAN, it will be streaming over the net.” Here now is C-SPAN’s historic coverage of the healthcare negotiations.

BARACK OBAMA: I think we’ve made great progress today. Let’s break for lunch.

ANNOUNCER: This concludes with C-SPAN’s coverage of the healthcare negotiations. We continue with today’s regular programming.