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GOP have no interest in Health Summit

After a year of debates, grandstanding and making false statements about the proposed Health Insurance Reform bill, Republican leaders now seem to be against a bipartisan summit, called by President Obama. The summit is to be held on Thursday, January 25th.

President Obama, in his weekly address stated that he hopes both Republicans and Democrats could put aside their politics and talking points, and come together on behalf of the American people.

“I don’t want to see this meeting turn into political theater, with each side simply reciting talking points and trying to score political points. Instead, I ask members of both parties to seek common ground in an effort to solve a problem that’s been with us for generations,”

He went on to say,

“To members of Congress, I would simply say this. We know the American people want us to reform our health insurance system. We know where the broad areas of agreement are. And we know where the sources of disagreement lie. After debating this issue exhaustively for a year, let’s move forward together,”

However, in their response to Obama’s message, given by Rep. Dave Camp, the old talking points continued rolling off his tongue. In his statement, Camp said, that Democrats should scrap the Health care plans already debated for over a year, and start over. He also called the proposal,a “misguided plan of a government takeover of health care,” although the Single Payer plan was never debated, and the Public Option was taken out the bill.

In a letter to White House Chief of Staff, both John Boehner, House minority leader and Eric Cantor, Minority Whip echoed these very talking points, stating that If the Democratic bills are the starting point for discussion, then Republicans would “rightly be reluctant to participate.”

They then went on to ask, if Pres Obama “agree to start over so that we can develop a bill that is truly worthy of the support and confidence of the American people,” although Republicans were involved in the legislation from the very beginning, and offered over 161 accepted and passed amandments to the bill.

In response to these GOP Talking points, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said of the president:

“He’s open to including any good ideas that stand up to objective scrutiny. What he will not do, however, is walk away from reform and the millions of American families and small business counting on it,”

Thursday is set to be a showdown. There’s already legislation on the table, that already went through the processes and waiting for final passage. However, to appease the republicans, president Obama is again, hoping for a bipartisan effort, and more input from Republicans, who from the very beginning, have shown Americans and the rest of the world that they have no interest in participating in these reforms. After all, there’s elections coming up in November, and their main priority is to win!

What to expect on Thursday? More politics!

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Categories: Health Care Reform
  1. February 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Perhaps you could explain why the Republicans would care to attend a meeting on Healthcare after the President has said he will not change the content of that bill?

    Most Americans do not want to pass the bill in it’s current state, and most want the congress to scrap the whole thing and start over. Certainly, Obama would like to have them attend, tell them to shut up (of course in his conciliatory way) and then blame them when they don’t vote for the original bill.

    There is an old saying, “Please don’t piss down my leg and say it’s raining”. According to your viewpoint, the Republicans better wear rubber pants when they meet the President.

    • February 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm

      You simply cant have it both ways. He called the meeting, he give them the opportunity to voice their opinions and oppositions, he asked for bipartisan support on their very own amendments, but yet you think he’s pissing down your leg.

      Republicans have proven to the country that they have no interest in this bill. A bill that have over 160 of their amendments.

      It is, and always been, politics as usual for these republicans.

  2. February 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

    No. Obama has no interest in or desire for Republican input into ObamaCare. This is just more spin doctoring and lies drooling out of his vile mouth.

    If Obama had actually been interested in working with GOP he and his Liberals wouldn’t be crafting a “reconciliation” that they can pass with only 51 votes, thereby bypassing both the GOP and much of the Democrat resistors.

    But then ObamaCare was never about healthcare reform. It was about three things: Obama’s ego, wealth redistribution, and further advancing federal power and control.

    • February 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

      Amazing you call a public, televised event, where both sides come to the table and put their ideas on the table, a “spin doctoring and lies”.

      This is just more evidence, that GOP and evidently by your comment, it’s followers, don’t want to have any input in the governing of this nation. You guys just want to sit on the sidelines and hope that this president and the american people fails.

      • February 23, 2010 at 10:52 am

        No, we have interest in having input into governing this nation. It’s Obama, his Liberals in Congress, and his cultists who have no desire for input from anyone else since that would interfere with their attempts at rule.

        You, like all your kind, ignore the substance of argument. In this case you ignore the fact that the summit is meaningless since Obama and his ilk have been busy creating a “reconciliation” bill that renders the summit moot – except from the standpoint of attacking the GOP.

        And – if Obama and his cohorts fail in their domestic goals, the American people win.

    • February 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm

      Reconciliation would not be necessary if republicans realized the need of the American people, and vote for the bill. A bill that contains over 161 of their own amendments.

  3. February 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    LOL You do realize that very few of those 160+ so-called amendments were substantive in nature as opposed to things such as grammatical corrections and none of them were significant in nature?

    But keep beating your partisan drum.

  4. February 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    ezkool, now that the meeting happened, have you changed your view? Perhaps I have. I expected the whimpy Republicans to succumb to O’s will and flop on the floor like a fish. Instead what I saw was still pretty much what I expected: The Democrats wanted no part in letting the Republicans in on “their” bill. Instead, they were rude and evasive. The President was a stutter machine, cutting off debate regularly, and chiding Senators that he didn’t agree with (all the Republicans).

    We now know that my initial assessment was true. The Democrats put this on as a show of “partisanship” and never intended to move an inch. It was all for show. And in this case, the Republicans won.

    • February 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm

      We watched the same debate and saw a different outcome. What I saw was a bunch of republicans who came to the summit with one thing in mind. To insist on scrapping the bill and starting over.

      On the democrats side, I saw a group of dems who came insisting that republicans ideas and amendments were included in the bill, and wanted to point that put to them. But of course, they didn’t care that their ideas were in the bill, cause they came with the premise that the bill must be scrapped. So why should they listen.

      Dems and president tried. The republicans wanted things their way and because they couldn’t get things their way, they want everything scrapped. The republicans fail to realize that they’re the minority and don’t write bills.

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