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Health care summit: Transcripts from every speaker

Missed the health care summit -- or even just a few words? The Post has compiled transcripts from the whole event:

President Obama opening remarks | Sen. Alexander opening remarks | House Speaker Pelosi's opening remarks | Senate Majority Leader Reid's opening remarks | Obama, Alexander on costs | Sen. Coburn on cost containment | Rep. Hoyer on the Democratic bill | Rep. Kline on health-care and small business | Sen. Baucus on comparing bills | Rep. Camp on cost containment | Rep. Andrews on cutting health-care costs | Rep. Ryan on regulation | Sen. Schumer on Medicare, Medicaid | Sen. Kyl on CBO estimates | Sen. Clyburn on cost containment | President Obama on insurance coverage | Rep. Boustany on medical practice costs | Rep. Miller on preexisting conditions | Sen. McCain on bipartisanship | Secretary Sebelius on insurance rates | Rep. Cantor on insurance regulation | Rep. Slaughter on preexisting conditions

President Obama opens meeting after lunch break | Sen. Enzi on Medicare | Sen. Harkin on health savings accounts | Rep. Camp on insurance reform | Sen. Rockefeller on preexisting conditions | Rep. Blackburn on buying insurance across state lines | Vice President Biden on the cost of reform | Rep. Ryan on health inflation | Sen. McCain on health inflation | Sen. Coburn, President Obama on Medicare | Rep. Becerra on CBO | Sen. Grassley on Medicare | Sen. Conrad on Medicare | Minority Leader Boehner on individual mandates | Rep. Cooper on health inflation | Sen. McCain, President Obama on medical malpractice reform | Sen. Durbin on medical malpractice reform | President Obama switches topics to coverage | Rep. Barrasso on coverage | Sen. Waxman on health-care costs | Rep. Roskam on Medicaid | President Obama on Medicaid | Sen. Dodd on coverage | Reb. Barton on mandates | Sen. Wyden on interstate coverage | Sen. McConnell suggests starting over | Sen. Murray on community health centers | Sen. Rangel on benefits of health summit | Rep. Dingell makes case for reform | House Speaker Pelosi closing remarks | President Obama closing remarks

You can also read our live analysis of the event here, and a roundup of the winners and losers on The Fix. Read a mid-summit chat with reporter Paul Kane here.

By Rachel Weiner  |  February 25, 2010; 6:28 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Health Care  
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"In the end, after all the bipartisan cooing, the President's 20-minute closing argument explained where the debate really is. Democrats won the election and they are going to do what they want to do, starting next week and on a partisan vote if they can shanghai enough Members.

The point of of the day's session was to give a soothing, moderate political gloss to a government health-care takeover that will raise costs, greatly expand the entitlement state, and reduce choice and competition—the opposite of everything Mr. Obama claims."

Building a bridge starts from the bottom foundations not the top structures.

Enact simple bills that provide health care purchasing across state lines and on line; confirm the House bill taking away the anti trust waiver of heath insurance carriers, make it portable and create a pool for pre existing condition.
Creates competition just as automobile insurance companies have right now and allows those who want insurance to choose the type and amount of coverage.

Those who don't drive and own cars don't have to buy a policy. Those who don't want health insurance should not be forced by law to buy it.

No big government and no 6 trillion dollar price tag.

If this boondoggle is passed the taxes go up, Medicare is undercut and nothing happens for about 8 years.

Posted by: mharwick | February 25, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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