Sunday, February 07, 2010
Give it up:
Obama invites GOP to health-care summit
President Obama made a dramatic attempt to jump-start the stalled health care debate Sunday, inviting Republicans in Congress to a half-day summit on the subject to be televised live later this month.
Obama challenged Republicans to come to the discussion armed with their best ideas for how to cover more Americans and fix the health insurance system.
"I want to consult closely with our Republican colleagues," Obama told Couric. "What I want to do is to ask them to put their ideas on the table... I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats to go through, systematically, all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward.
In a statement, House Republican leader John Boehner said that he is looking forward to the discussion and is "pleased that the White House finally seems interested in a real, bipartisan conversation on health care. The American people have overwhelmingly rejected both of the job-killing trillion-dollar government takeover of health care bills passed by the House and Senate. The problem with the Democrats' health care bills is not that the American people don't understand them; the American people do understand them, and they don't like them."
Boehner added that "The best way to start on real, bipartisan reform would be to scrap those bills and focus on the kind of step-by-step improvements that will lower health care costs and expand access.""
Let's see what kind of progress Obama can make with Boehner. Probably a lot, huh?
Perhaps he could start by reading some of the two dozen or so Republican health care bills that Reid and Pelosi have refused to bring to the floor for debate.
It's as if he really has no idea what is happening in Congress.
"Perhaps he could start by reading some of the two dozen or so Republican health care bills..."
How long does it take to read the words "tax cuts" twenty-four times?
anon, i enjoyed the republican tax proposal with the pretty bubble diagrams that contained no numbers.
contrary to whichever psycho you listen to on the radio, anon, dems have adopted gop proposals. how many dem proposals did republicans adopted back when hastert was in charge? dems were lucky to even get rooms to hold committee hearings then. midway through they get the lights and mics shut down on them.
Perhaps he could start by reading...
if you had paid attention back when obama spoke at the republican retreat, you would have noticed obama displaying familiarity with gop proposals, indicating he has read them. and well versed enough to have counterarguments ready at hand without relying on a teleprompter. or notes written on his hand.
damn, we have a president who reads. how elitist of him. that must piss off republicans no end.