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Obama invites GOP to health-care summit

By Michael D. Shear
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.

The president made the offer in an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric just hours before the Superbowl. 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."

The invitation to join him later this month follows comments he made on Thursday during a speech at a Democratic fundraiser in which he said he wanted to sit with Republicans and "walk through the [health care plans] in a methodical way so that the American people can see and compare what makes the most sense."

It also comes just weeks after the president received high marks for engaging the House Republicans in a televised, 90-minute discussion at their retreat in Baltimore. The president has been hammered by critics who said his year-long push to revamp the health care system did not live up to his campaign promise to conduct the debate in the open.

Democratic efforts to push a final health bill through the Congress fell apart last month when the party lost their 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. The newly-elected Republican senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, campaigned against what he called the Democratic party's government takeover of the health-care system.

The president's proposed half-day summit, which aides said could take place at the historic Blair House across the street from the White House, represents an effort by Obama to hit the reset button on the top domestic priority of his first year in office.

And it is a recognition that he must now have at least some Republican support to get it passed.

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."

But aides said that Obama does not plan to scrap months of legislative effort on the issue. Democratic leaders have continued to work quietly to reconcile House and Senate versions that passed last year, and the president plans to come to the summit armed with a Democratic bill, aides said.

"This is not starting over," one White House official said. "Don't make any mistake about that. We are coming with our plan. They can bring their plan."

The official added: "What the President will not do is let this moment slip away. He hopes to have Republican support in doing so - but he is going to move forward on health reform."

That declaration could help reassure Democrats who have expressed concern that Obama was essentially abandoning the health reform effort in favor of a new focus on the economy and jobs.

The White House has played down the health care subject since Brown's election to fill the seat vacated by the late Edward M. Kennedy. Obama made only a brief mention of the issue during his State of the Union speech last month. In the speech to the DNC last week, he urged patience, saying, "I think we should be very deliberate, take our time."

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Anthem Blue Cross is increasing rates by as much as 39% for individual policies.

Time for single payer.

Posted by: daisy901 | February 9, 2010 2:48 AM | Report abuse

You are right, gdf1947. We must not be fooled again. And no thinking American is fooled. Obama is playing politics again to PRETEND that he wants to solve our health care problems.

Thinking Americans, however, understand that Obamacare has NOTHING to do with improving health care or reducing costs. It's a Marxist hoax, a power grab, a scam that will increase costs and taxes, and destroy our health care, our economy, our freedoms and our country.

Robert Creamer, a CONVICTED FELON and Obama’s ACORN associate, outlined the guidelines for the Obamacare SCAM in his 2007 book, “Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win.”

As per Creamer’s book, the main objective of Obamacare is only to increase the power of "progressives" (Marxists) through the “democratization of wealth” (socialism/Marxim) as per the teachings of Saul Alinsky. They created the health care crisis to enslave us!

Creamer wrote in his 2007 book:

“We need not agree in advance on the components of a plan, but we must foster a process that can ultimately yield consensus.”

As Creamer indicates, Obama and his comrades don't care about the "components of the plan." All they want is CONTROL over our health care, our money, and our lives.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | February 8, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

You are right, gdf1947. We must not be fooled again. And no thinking American is fooled. Obama is playing politics again to PRETEND that he wants to solve our health care problems.

Thinking Americans, however, understand that Obamacare has NOTHING to do with improving health care or reducing costs. It's a Marxist hoax, a power grab, a scam that will increase costs and taxes, and destroy our health care, our economy, our freedoms and our country.

Robert Creamer, a CONVICTED FELON and Obama’s ACORN associate, outlined the guidelines for the Obamacare SCAM in his 2007 book, “Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win.”

As per Creamer’s book, the main objective of Obamacare is only to increase the power of "progressives" (Marxists) through the “democratization of wealth” (socialism/Marxim) as per the teachings of Saul Alinsky. They created the health care crisis to enslave us!

Creamer wrote in his 2007 book:

“We need not agree in advance on the components of a plan, but we must foster a process that can ultimately yield consensus.”

As Creamer indicates, Obama and his comrades don't care about the "components of the plan." All they want is CONTROL over our health care, our money, and our lives.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | February 8, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

We must not be fooled by this sweet talking guy(President Obama). Health care is important, but so is our free country. Medicare they say is going broke. Most people pay into Medicare and social security 40 to 50 years. How can we be broke, we buy health care but we just can't use it until 40 or 50 years later. Then you must a pay an additional premium when you retire just to get to use the medicare that you have pay in all your adult life. Somebody scanned somebody. Don't let the Democrats do it to us again. We just CAN NOT AFFORD IT.

Posted by: gdf1947 | February 8, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Just more posturing by Obama. If this gather does take place, Obama will lecture the Republicans and ignore the facts. After all is said and done, Nancy Pelosi will ignore any Republican suggestions and that will be that.

Posted by: richard36 | February 8, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

It is laudable that President Obama is willing to talk with Republicans about health care and solicit their ideas. The act will, I feel, be met with the same attitude that the subject brought out a year ago. The Republicans are owned by the medical special interests and any, repeat any, action that would decrease the medical industry income by one cent will be fought by them. The administration bill and plan was well over 1,000 pages in its original form. WHEN, the Republicans finally got around to offering their "plan" without cost data, it looked a lot like the recipe supplement to a rural newspaper or Treasury Secretary Paulson's plan to bail out the financial industry when the collapse began, three pages. They claim that they can do reform for no cost and everyone will be happy. Where have they been for a year? They have not been trying to make history and benefit the people of the country, they have been trying to bring down the reforms that are needed. They have falsely ranted that the reforms will bring the elderly before death panels (the brilliance of Sarah Palin) or they will "pull the plug on Granny" (Sen. two faces Grassley). They were trying to drum up outrage that anyone would think of changing the status quo, where we go broke at the speed of light over seemingly small medical issues.

The public should pay close attention to the words and actions of Boehner, McConnell, and people like Cantor, Kyl, Cornyn, Sessions and Graham. These guys have absolutely no interest in getting any reform done. They just want to keep their wallets padded. When nothing new or substantive comes from the Republicans, the NATION should demand that the bill be passed and signed into law. Then, the country can look at the Republicans and see what irrelevance looks like.

Posted by: ronjeske | February 8, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Why all of a sudden does Obama want to listen to Republicans? He has enough democrats their to muscle it through? It's called sound bites and deceit...that’s why. He knows the press like the Post will report only that which will benefit him. The Republicans have had a plan for health care reform since 2006 but have had it ignored and criticized by Pelosi, Reid and Obama. Why didn't the press report that? This whole thing is a politicized joke wasting time and money. This guy is an arrogant ideology with one purpose in mind to make himself King.

Posted by: tri5 | February 8, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Completely inappropriate and unprecedented for Obama to hijack the pregame show with his relentless campaigning. Then to pretend he's interested in Republican's input. WIll someone tell him to give up his idea of taking over the healthcare system?!?!? PEOPLE NEED JOBS! Companies don't trust him, his administration, the clowns in Congress, etc. Now they're looking at increased taxes, which is hardly an incentive to hire new employees.

Posted by: izntthatspecial | February 8, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

This latest effort by Barry the Kenyan is nothing more than "damage control" in an effort to keep his party in line.
After shutting out the GOP for 12 months, he extends an "invitation" to another lecture from the Anointed One.
We the People have had enough of his socialist ideology. Next thing he will say is "I am not a crook!"
but that's a crock ...
"Birds of a feather ..." so look at the "birds" flocking around Barry for more than 20 years. He and his friends are driving this Nation to economic disaster ... which is what ultimately brought the USSR down.
Unless our Congress demonstrates "real courage" instead of political party loyalty, the USA will be the next great power to FAIL!
... but that may be Barry's objective.

Posted by: esquire2 | February 8, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Guess behind closed door meetings and special favors for some members of Congress for a vote is over! Obama campaigned 3 years for President, and is still pushing. This bill needs to be read by the American people. Most Congress members have not read this 1,000 page bill. Don't trust anything that Pelosi has written. Obama is still coverning the illegals, and the US will have a flood of illegals from Mexico and every Latin American Country. People need to understand, that other countries with NHC does not have the problems with illegals that this country has or the birth rite issue. This country cannot afford the 20 million, and more to come. Look at our food stamp program, medical and other welfare benefits that have almost bankrupt some states. Do something about the illegals and medical fraud, specially where billions a year occurs even in a little town like Miami, Florida.

Posted by: mimiknight | February 8, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

It's time dor the American people to decide on health care,imigration etc. It's time to by pass the President,Congress.Have a national binding referendum on health care and immigration etc. Time for the people to speak and by pass a President and Congress that speak only for special interest groups.

Posted by: csbob | February 8, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse

If John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell, are the best spokesmen the Republicans can muster, what hope can we have for anything approaching rational debate at the "bipartisan" summit? If they really want to show the American public that they can conduct mature, constructive debate, the Republican Party absolutely must find at least one statesman from their membership in each House. I don't believe that they are aware of the damage that they have been doing to this country both at home and in the world community. They have brought our Constitutionally mandated system of representative government to a state of virtually permanent paralysis. They have made our federal legislature dysfunctional in the extreme, and for the most petty and selfish of motivations. Our electorate, and all observers in foreign nations, must certainly be viewing their abdication of responsibility as bewildering and destructive. President Obama, ever hopeful, seems to be trying to reveal to us where, if anywhere, reason, and compassion reside in these proposals for a universal health care system for the American people. Can the Republicans now, at this summit, somehow discover in themselves the capacity for useful discourse in the service of the American voting, taxpaying public? If not, then the only logical alternative is for the Democrats alone to push the absolute best plan through Congress by all legal means. The American people, and the economy in particular, deserve no less.

Posted by: CHForbesSr | February 8, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

I truly fear so much hatred and inaccurate
data as contained in the comments thus far.
It is common knowledge, supported by the World Health Organization, that our health care system quality ranks the lowest of all
other modern countries (including even Cuba),yet is the most costly of them all.

And for those so fearful of "socialized"
medicine, I presume you will not be signing
up for Medicare when you reach 65, nor accept any social security checks, nor allow your children to attend any K-12 public schools, or ride on public streets
to get there, or drink water from your municiple system, or use electricity created by government-built dams, or join
a military service funded and operated by
government funds and employees,etc.,etc...
Just let Wall Street, WalMart and China do it all - hmmmm?


Posted by: jimbo15 | February 8, 2010 3:12 AM | Report abuse

It's so sad to me that we have degenerated into a people who have no respect for the person elected by the majority of us to be our leader. Calling the president of our great country "Odumbo" or "King Obummer" is just wrong! Why can't you people state your issues with what is being proposed by either side without all the name calling, the profanity, and the hate. Can't we all just get along?

Posted by: VietVet6869 | February 7, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

"The president made the offer in an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric just hours before the Superbowl". YET Another ...
Grand Stand' for this president. If he was serious,he would have made the offer in person to the GOP and Not on TV. I hope the GOP will stand on the,'Party of NO' if the democrates just try to explain their bill and not Scrap it and start over.

Posted by: fitchett1 | February 7, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Of course he is "willing to compromise" now that his supermajority is gone, and Reid and Pelosi and other Democrats are on thin ice. He talks from both sides of his mouth, with the rehiring of David Plouffe, a veteran spin doctor. Nothing will deter them from attempting to push their socialist agenda. America HAS awakened, and will not go back to sleep.

Posted by: eaglesnest1 | February 7, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

As far as I understood money printing won’t change the fact that there is huge debt and that this debt won’t go easy. With every printed dollar gets away a piece of freedom. Also for those who have a lot- they edge themselves out from society because those who have to pay bag won’t take it forever.
Therefore to this has to be a healthy realistic approach.
Whenever something is taken out there has to be given something bag- otherwise it cause huge misbalance and disproportionality
I would be an ilusion to think that everyone can be have full coverage- Anyhow there should be made a parashooting health pocket for everyone which covers very basic stuff only in hospital (accidents, basic operations, most common sickness and a basic prevention and birth) . The most important is that people get treated with dignity when they are really sick-what means when they have to be attend in hospital. This pocket should be very basic and doctors should be liberated from paper work and more protected by law to help people- in order not to lose one cuarter of their time to protect themselves from trials. The whole thing has to become more flexible- not matter if 10 people chare one room as long as they get attention- better than having nothing at all

Posted by: nice2 | February 7, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

There are so many things that people believe and say, for or against the health program being foisted upon us by a Democratic leadership who, in the 1960's gave us Welfare. Welfare was to be a help to people who could not find work or were paid so poorly that they could not live on it without some assistance. We the People were told then we had to help them and our taxes were increased to do this.

The result of the Welfare program, a new society was born who took advantage of this and became a non-working class of citizens by design. I would go by areas of blight and see new cars in the driveways of dilapidated homes. This is what welfare got us; courtesy of our governmetn of that time.

Now we have a different Democratic body who wants to do another program; this time affecting the entire citizenry. They want to tell us what kind of health program we will have, who will get what and when! They want to pattern it to that of Canada and the UK. If they are so good, why are so many Canadians coming to the US to get medical help?

The extreme majority of the Citizens of the united States of America have said "NO" to the program being presented and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid say they are going to shove it down our throats, whether we like it or not! And I see that they may "allow" it pass in a lesser version, but plan to modify it later to suit their needs.

If we allow them to tell us what we need and we don't fight it we deserve what we get!! Neither Pelosi, Reid or even Obama are our gods. By their actions they definitely do not represent us... They are the stooges of the Medical Cartels, the big pharmas and probably the Insurance companies themselves, at least for now.

We must continue to fight their efforts and GET RID OF THEM THIS ELECTION YEAR! We need to get people in office who represent us, not the oligarchy. If not by elections, then impeachment!!

What I say about invoking on the Democrats should apply to anyone from any party who fails to represent the people, regardless of party. We must be AMERICANS FIRST!! Our leaders also must be AMERICANS FIRST, following the Constitution this country was founded on. Any one who abdicates their Freedoms for security deserves neither!! And that is what you'll get if you do not stand up as an AMERICAN FIRST!!

I read in a commentary in 2008 that we should have those running for office sign a document that commits them to keeping their word or they forfeit their office. The letter would contain their signature of resignation. This would only be used if they failed to keep their word to their constituents. Think about that as one way of insuring representation for the people.

Posted by: bojud | February 7, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

All of you who are for the OBAMA and Company health Care Plan, are you all so delusional that you HONESTLY believe that HIS way will FORCE insurance companies to LOWER THEIR RATES?? GOOD LORD you are DELUSIONAL. What about the COST of going into a HOSPITAL? 42.00 rental PER GOWN. 15.00 for every tylenol well you all know the costs. What about procedures? I had a procedure down in a hospital, I was there a little over 2 hours I got a bill for 7,100.00. I almost gagged, I looked over my bill and noticed the sum of 1,695.00 for BASIC SET UP, I dh no idea what that was so I called the insurance company, and they told me that was the charge for someone to put those instruments the doctor uses on the table NEXT TO THE DOCTOR, but then they charged 1,494.00 for basic take down. NOW I ASK YOU PEOPLE, wouldn't it be NICE IF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TOLD THE HOSPITALS TO QUIT $CREWING the people who have insurance? the insurance company told me they get OUTRAGEOUS COSTS LIKE THAT thousands of times a day. NOW c'MON PEOPLE, lets look at just who is getting RICH, I agree insurance companies gouge, but 1,695.00 for someone to put a tray on the table, I told them I would have done it for 500.00. WAKE UP PEOPLE, start screaming at the ones actually causing the problems THE HOSPITALS and their OUTRAGEOUS FEES.

Posted by: itscc721 | February 7, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

The Republican agenda and collusion with highly paid Insurance executives has made the healthcare so expensive and out of reach of common middle-class. This needs to be fixed. Obama is in the right direction. Recently I called my insurance company to check my coverage, they said if you have not done this procedure with our company earlier, then you are not covered. What a mess by the insurance providers. The insurance industry is completely gone out of hand, they have grown too big and turned into a arrogant behemoth, monopolistic industry. They needs to be trimmed and shaken up with proper Government Healthcare.

Posted by: tapand | February 7, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse


Let me get this straight......we're trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president that also hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke.

What the hell could possibly go wrong\
Enough Said Wouldn't YOU SAY

Posted by: itscc721 | February 7, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President, I agreed and support your agenda however including the Republicans in your meetings is not setting well with me. The Republicans have presented no plans of action to help the middle class. And I don’t think they ever will. Their only objective is to find a reason to continue complaining, derailing your agenda and holding the American citizens hostage.

CNN covered the tea party convention on Friday night and talked to several attendees. One people said that we should get rid of several federal departments because he saw no use for them. And then he went on to name the departments that should be dismantled – Department of Education, Commerce Department and several others. He felt that the states should keep there taxes and hand them out as they see fit. This type of comments show the teabaggers are not stupid and totally irresponsible.

So, while you offer an olive leaf please be watchful to ensure the Republicans are not burning down the tree.

Posted by: sun52shine | February 7, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

This is a huge step in the right direction. The Republicans will be called upon to put up or shut up and it will be televised for everyone to see (but I bet Fox declines to broadcast it...) If it is necessary to solve the healthcare reform problem in increments, so be it. At least, action is being taken! We must address and solve this issue. It's too big to go down in petty politics. Paula Hannah

Posted by: phannah | February 7, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama completely out of touch, it is common knowledge that 57% of Americans are aqainst having government run health care. In England 440,000 government employees run health care. It would take 3 t0 4 million to run Obamacaqre in the USA.
Furthermore, for us old folks it should truthfully be called "deathcare". Obama only wants to control another 16% of our economy. He is power mad, and wants to "transform" America into Socialism!!

Posted by: dboyerdr | February 7, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama, Barack Hussein Obama, hmm, hmm, hmm.. Where are all the singing Mao Tse Tung kids singing Obam's praises?

Posted by: Tommypie | February 7, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

If they do not pull health care out of that 2000+ bill & make it a bill all by itself no one will ever know what Pelosi & Reid will sneak back in it. Pelosi & Reid need to both be out of office before we even try to get a bill. Quite frankly I would like to keep the insurance I have got. 85% of us that have insurance would like to keep our own health insurance & they want us to go on rationed, socialized, government run health care that is going to cost us more for less coverage. I believe the reason it is more of a tax then a health care plan. Plus we are going to be paying for it for years before it goes into effect by which time Obama is going to be out of office & has done the most damage to the country as he can. Remember he claims to be a Progressive now & some have called him Woodrow Wilson the second & that is not a compliment. I wish that all of you that voted for him & put him in office would see & admit he was lying to all of us & would do something about getting him out as fast as we can.

Posted by: egw7777 | February 7, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

If they do not pull health care out of that 2000+ bill & make it a bill all by itself no one will ever know what Pelosi & Reid will sneak back in it. Pelosi & Reid need to both be out of office before we even try to get a bill. Quite frankly I would like to keep the insurance I have got. 85% of us that have insurance would like to keep our own health insurance & they want us to go on rationed, socialized, government run health care that is going to cost us more for less coverage. I believe the reason it is more of a tax then a health care plan. Plus we are going to be paying for it for years before it goes into effect by which time Obama is going to be out of office & has done the most damage to the country as he can. Remember he claims to be a Progressive now & some have called him Woodrow Wilson the second & that is not a compliment. I wish that all of you that voted for him & put him in office would see & admit he was lying to all of us & would do something about getting him out as fast as we can.

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Posted by: terueytrujheuwerytry | February 7, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a genius!

He'll expose the Republicans for the two-faced liars they are.

Posted by: francinelast | February 7, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I for one can't wait.

I WANT to see "Sister Sarah" face-to-face with a law school professor, someone trained to think on their feet, someone honed on the strop of Chicago neighborhood politics, engaged in a "debate" on the issues.

I WANT to see "the windbag of West Palm Beach" discussing racial epithets and stereotypes with someone who grew up dealing with racists and right wing idiots.

I WANT to see someone who's never had to go without medical insurance, someone who's never had to make life's difficult choices, someone who's never ventured outside their parochial neighborhood, dealing with someone who knows what "bootstraps" really means.

Bring it on! Please!

Posted by: seattle_wa | February 7, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

This so called health care summit that the Republicans have been invited to attend, will just be another same-old, same-old. It will have to be Obama's way or no way. He is too much of an ideologue with ingrained socialist beliefs, which will make it impossible for him to change course on health care reform. Obama will throw a few bones to the Republicans to get them onboard. Hopefully they will see through his deceptions and thus filibuster any of his attempts to get an eventual bill through.

Posted by: Tommypie | February 7, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

excuse me trekker50 -Reagan did not invent medicare. Lyndon B Johnson did in 1965.

Posted by: dld1 | February 7, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

So....great political move. Make the republicons put up or shut up. If they have something serious to add, let's hear it. They keep saying they have ideas, if they are worth spit, and it would be wise not to hold your breath waiting for anything new from them, but if they have something to offer, put it out there. If they don;t they will look like crass obstructionst fools to everyone including "The Base."

Posted by: John1263 | February 7, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

You want secret meetings? You got secret meetings.

There will be so many meetings between so many groups on so many sides prior to February 25 that it will make the last nine months look like a study in perfect transparency.

There is no way that the leadership of either party will go before the nation with ANY chance that they will emerge embarrassed. Neither wants to appear impotent. Neither wants to appear uncaring. Neither wants to be appear wasteful. Neither wants to appear uncertain. Both need to appeal to their bases.

So, you want deals? Have we got deals for you? Expect the White House to press down on the "essentials" using the February 25 date as a failsafe. If nothing happens, Obama can make a case for having done everything possible to bring the sides together. From the start the White House has used the discreet roles of the legislative and the executive to give himself distance and cover. He is doing it again.

This Obama's gambit. He is forcing the two sides to make nice. If they don't he an step away. What will emerge....? Stuff they both want and that they can sell to their constituencies as examples of how hard "we" fought for "you". My guesses:

a) The beginning of Tort Reform. (GOP)

b) The creation of a Health Care Exchange like the Federal Government has. (DEMS) AND no Public Option. (GOP)

c) Operation limitations on Health Insurance Corps re. pre-existing conditions, and cancellation for catastrophic conditions. (BOTH)

d) Subsidies for the needy to provide opportunity to buy into the Exchanges (DEMS) which are composed of Private Insureres (GOP)

e) Expansion of insurance offerings across state lines (GOP) and a national Health Insurance Commission to oversee standards (DEMS).

f) The removal of Health Insurance Corp anti-trust exemption (GOP and DEMS).

Why? Everyone really does agree that the system is imploding. A fix is needed and leaving it broken is leaving a ticking time bomb in both Party's laps.

One thing that very few are talking about is the need to fix Medicare is once upon us. Reagan and Tip O'Neill did this (along with Social Security 25 years ago. The fix has about run out of time.

Posted by: trekker50 | February 7, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Another "Barack-Door" deal in the works? I say the Republicans stay away until a framework is agreed upon, don't give Barry another photo op to exploit for his partisan policical purposes.

Posted by: JCM-51 | February 7, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I see that realnews is still spouting nonsense!

Posted by: warhawk911 | February 7, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

What a breath of fresh air. I bet Fox News won't cover it.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 7, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Who is getting bribed to let Barry's Aunt Zeituni the illegal alien, remain in the US and occupy Boston public low income housing at the taxpayers' expense?

Why is Aunt Zeituni not back in Kenya where she belongs?

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 7, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it NOTHING will get done in the US Senate for the benefit of American people (middle class) because the US senate, specially Republicans, are wholly owned by Big corporations (Big pharma, Big insurance, Big Military, etc.), so in effect Republican senators are the true enemy of American people, and they get away with this by how right-wing the US Media is, which means that it too is also owned by the same Big corporations (Big pharma, Big insurance, etc. - more on this last point here.

You can read the full details here:
http://anoox.com/blog/UHC.37761

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 7, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

onifadee:I seriously doubt the secessionists are going to accept the president's invitation though.
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Statements like this really shows how liberals truly think! Onifadee? The Republicans will be there and they are not secessionists!

Grow up!

Posted by: warhawk911 | February 7, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Funny how critics blame the Democrats for a lack of bipartisanship. Dems were shut out by President Bush. Then when President Obama tried to engage the Republicans, the GOP became the "Party of NO." There have been plenty of concessions to them, but it's never enough.

Posted by: LizM1 | February 7, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

About time they called their bluff.

I seriously doubt the secessionists are going to accept the president's invitation though.

They don't want their "proposals" to actually be put on trial.

Posted by: onifadee | February 7, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

This president loves pain. When will he learn.

Posted by: truth1 | February 7, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

President Obama has to learn how to play politics.He cant give the Republicans everything they want,then expect them to work with him.Let them tell it their plan is working.We are still in Iraq and Afghanistan,We still have all the Bush trade policies,We still have the Bush tax cuts,Our treasury still have a open door for any bank in the world to take money at no cost.We are living in a Republican world.Obama need's to become a liberal and then the Republicans will have something to worry about.

Posted by: apez54 | February 7, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey Democrats,

Bait and Switch is the oldest play in the game book.

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

Posted by: kstobbe1 | February 7, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

project2:Bottom Line: President Obama has today called the bluff of typically confederate (read southern racist), hate driven, neo-republican, ex-dixieCRAP
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So anyone who disagrees with Obama is a racist, hate-driven, neo-republican, ex-dixiecrap?

I'm glad I do not live in your world!

Posted by: warhawk911 | February 7, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line: President Obama has today called the bluff of typically confederate (read southern racist), hate driven, neo-republican, ex-dixieCRAP.

Palin pushing dimwits will now have their chance on Feb 25th to take as good as they spew. Without, that is, the control of the "Fixed News" and "Morning Joke" microphones and amplifiers.

For the first time, in a LONG time, I hear in the President's voice, and see in his countenance, a quiet but seething determination with which I am very familiar: In fact, a voice from mine own heart and days as a 60's activist in the neo-slaver south.

i.e., I don't give a damn what you do to me, my fight for "good" (read comprehensive health care/insurance reform) we will NOT be denied.

RECONCILIATION HERE WE COME!

"Right on" Mr. President

Posted by: project2 | February 7, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Forfeiting a majority in the interest of compromise and re-election.

Posted by: jato11 | February 7, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

obama is nothing but a incompetent arrogant a@@hole...he is still trying to push his lame useless,worthless healthcare when the majority of the people don't want nothing to do with this crap...so scrap it and start over..then invite the republician that can get it done right.

Posted by: JWx2 | February 7, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

free-donny:Warhawk and my other misguided friends on the right
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I stopped reading after this because I know what is coming next! This is not about the budget but HEALTHCARE free-donny!

As for the "tax cuts for the rich" you also realize that those who make over $250,000 are primarily SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS right? Why should we punish them?

Posted by: warhawk911 | February 7, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Let me be the first to say it (kidding)...

too late, I suspect.

If not too late, then it better not be too little.

obama took 1/2 the population (the 1/2 paying taxes, largely) and spit in their faces for a year.

I hope there is a chance for a team approach now, but it reeks of convenience.

Posted by: docwhocuts | February 7, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

After a year of ignoring the economy, campaigning for every democrat running for any office, ignoring jobs and foreclosures, and spending money like it is going out of style, and then ignoring everyone who does not slavishly agree with the mighty one, he decides that bipartisanship is the best way to go.

What a hypocrit. Little boy cannot steal all da toys, so now makes nice to mommy and daddy. Pleze play wit me. A joke of a leader and more like a trillion dollars short.

Posted by: Incredulous52 | February 7, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Tort reform. Okay, but someone permanently injured should have no responsibility for paying for care due to genuine malpractice. Truly reckless malpractice should still incur strong punitive awards, as well, if not as outrageous as some of the more ridiculous ones we've seen. But preventing bad doctors from practicing would also help reduce malpractice insurance premiums. We should make it easier to remove a bad doctor's license to practice medicine anywhere.

Anyone who has had to call an insurance company after receiving an EOB (Explanation of Benefits) that denies coverage for all or part of treatment received knows the frustration of sitting on hold, being passed from representative to representative, of having to explain and argue and plead over and over again to try and get them to reimburse. Inevitably while thinking about how high the premiums and deductible are.

I, for one, am sick and tired of the scare tactics of reform's opponents. For-profit medicine answers to shareholders, not patients. We can't realistically expect to get a single-payer system. But I hope we can alleviate the extreme insecurity generated by wondering if we might have to max out the credit cards for an illness or injury. That would surely be helpful. I think most Americans can get behind that.

Posted by: LizM1 | February 7, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Warhawk and my other misguided friends on the right:

Again respectively, so are you comfortable with the recycled GOP themes recently presented to President Obama by GOP Rep. Ryan?

* Tax cuts for the rich

* Pushing Americans out of Medicare into more expensive private health plans

* Privatizing Social Security

Rather than GOP websites and other avoidance tactics, can any of you defend or further explain why these GOP ideas might work?

While its obvious I disagree with these approaches, I am not casting stones or trying to ridicule neocons. I really want to hear from the other side.

Thx

Posted by: free-donny | February 7, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

LMAO!
I just looked at the GOP bill. What cracks me up is that thier policies are SO SIMILAR it is disgusting. But, get this, they are passing the cost off to the states! Yup. not only do those sleaze bags pass health care reform but they do it without raising FEDERAL taxes. State taxes, however, that is a completely different story. Imagine putting all that burden on the states that are barely able to function right now. What a crock of hypocrites...

Posted by: phorse | February 7, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

How do you make economic problems resolve at a nation state level such that fission is no longer a necessary threat ?

Realize fusion is a solution to fission.

Fusion is bigger than a bread box

it's BIGGER than a nation state ANY DAY.

We're all gonna run tourist salons ! CELEBRATE -

if not, we'll BE the tourist arena.

"Look mummy, there's a homeless man".

"Look mummy, there's a Goldman Sachs CEO".

BOTH paid the SAME salary at Theme Park America - the next biggest tourism trap.

Of course, we could just sell debt - and give other nation state citizens free day passes. Maybe even Green cards "MOM, I GOT A JOB, I GET TO WORK AT PARK AMERICA- in some sub-theme park place called CHICAGO"

It's how we got here anyway.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: EnjoyIntellectualComplacencyForAsLongAsItLasts | February 7, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Pres Obama has called for bipartisan politics all along! Absolutely no teabaggers, who worship at perverse right-wing talk radio and tv, and do not like minorities, invited.

Posted by: dudh | February 7, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

free-donny

Did you mean "they're" or are you gonna stick with "their"?

Posted by: kennpear | February 7, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

What an example of leadership skills our President and Commander in Chief is setting for us all - campaign on a platform of openness and bipartisanship, while working backroom deals with liberal congressional leaders of his party. Blame the other party when an unethically negotiated bill stalls, while whining about the previous administration when you and your cronies are running up records deficits. And then, top it off by offering a whole 4 hours to the other party in the 'spirit of bipartisanship'. What's Obama gonna do in that amount of time - lecture and scold Republican leaders and then whine to the press about this being no time to try and score political points?

Mr. Obama - you are so transparently disingenuous and elitist it's pathetic. You don't do a thing about jobs until your party loses key races in NJ, VA, and Mass. You deficit-spend like it's going out of style, while talking about the need for fiscal restraint out of one side of your mouth and the need for deficit spending out of the other. When you're not doing that, you try to score political points by blasting the Republicans out of one side of your mouth and calling for an end to politics as usual out of the other.

You're a real piece of work Mr. President. Now please, try being genuine and consistent long enough to at least make us think you realize you're not in Chicago anymore, cause America ain't buyin' it!

Posted by: JHG_sec405 | February 7, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

If the US citizens KNEW just what measures the US CIA has articulated to produce expected, or in some cases, unexpected results politically ? ESPECIALLY in Afghanistan ?

They'd probably pay no less than they would for a Girls Gone Wild CD

Perhaps one loss outweighs another loss ?

I swear I bought this special drawstring rights DVD 'nation state basket currencies gone wild' - but I can't seem to find it -perhaps it was just a dream.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: EnjoyIntellectualComplacencyForAsLongAsItLasts | February 7, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

free-donny:warhawk, respectfully, I appreciate the response, but no links please. If you would like to try to disagree that those three "ideas" are the core of the GOP approach, argue it here in your words where we can enrich the discourse. You are better than a bbunch of links....especially to previously discredited websites. Thanks.
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No links? Yea that's because I just showed you the fact that they have presented ideas and even put them on the floor!

And it is far more than three ideas! Not to mention they proposed Health Reform 8 times by my count! They also posted their entire bill on the link I provided!

Posted by: warhawk911 | February 7, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

What we have here are the Democrats preparing the conditions for reconciliation. If the President can spin the debate in his favor, then he can justify the Democrats use of reconciliation as the only option left Democrats to overcome united Republican opposition-thus painting Republicans as "The Party of No".

Will it overcome the public's opposition to the health care bill is anyone's guess.

Posted by: moebius22 | February 7, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm putting the Goss tapes on ebay

starting bid at $0.99

We'll see what happens.

Someone is in for a surprise welcomed or not.

"And then Shirley - I bought this Barney tape off of ebay - and it had the strangest data on it"...

It's ALWAYS a blast to do that...

Tim Miltz

Posted by: EnjoyIntellectualComplacencyForAsLongAsItLasts | February 7, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Coming with "our plan"? What plan is that? Coming with "our plan"? What plan is that? The one they tried to force-feed last August? The one they crammed through the House by buying the hold-out vote with the Louisiana purchase? The one they "sold" with the now dead political-career of Nelson? Weren't they going to MERGE those two plans into one? Didn't Poison Pelosi say they'd just pole-vault or parachute their plan in, and DAMN the astro-turf voters? Whadda those morons know anyway? If they weren't so stupid to start with then why'd they elect an Arab-American POTUS, less than 10 years after 19 Arabs murdered 3,000 people on American soil? Hell, if they'll buy an Arab-American under those circumstances, you can sell the dopes anything!

Posted by: kennpear | February 7, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

"to be televised live later this month"

A real meeting to try and iron out a consensus compromise would not be televised.

I am so disgusted with the political process in this country ... there is no real dialog attempting to get the best ideas from both sides ... it is total old-school party line politics, right down the line.

Posted by: mike21 | February 7, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I forgot- I do believe that King Obummer has met his Waterloo!!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 7, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The only message that matters

Is the message that fusion is right around the corner.

I see changes across the board in foundations of known capitalism.

Uncapping prior limited energy resources ?

Hey - join me here:

#1 largest corporation on the planet - Exxon -

#2 - Petro China

#1 and #2 user of bush campaign jet in 2000 ?
TXU - makes power from coal - and Enron - sold it to you - gauged the grid rates.

BYE BYE

to all of that

nonsense

insolent greed

BYE BYE

in comes -

better times for us all collectively

So much have we wasted.

Our air - for what ? oil of 100 years.

Fusion ends ALL of that

Pulmonary illness due to pollution from oil ? Try Symbicort - no

DEAL with the cause and it's coming

END to oil ENd to coal - End to nuclear FISSION

BECAUSE - unless you're LARRY CRAIG - heading up nuclear contracts ?

You'd have to be SERIOUSLY under my IQ to not realize - fusion beats the pants off of fission - as much as Larry might actually want to see that.

Fusion will change the face of how we live.

It's NEAR here - hey - commodities work months- years out - why not VOTE that far out as you'd go long on a pork belly - and VOTE for pro fusion - why fight what's coming anyway.

US CIA - you can go FYS - die - CHOKE - you have NO reason to exist.

Tim Miltz

Tim Miltz

Posted by: EnjoyIntellectualComplacencyForAsLongAsItLasts | February 7, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

GOP don't be fooled. Stay away from Obama's spider web.

Posted by: mpg515 | February 7, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Shipfreakbo:Ha ha ha ooh, Obama is finally going to make the Republicans use that bump between their shoulders, this should be hilarious. Can you picture this, no no no no
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To bad the Republicans have been using their heads! It has been Obama and the leadership that haven't been using theirs

Posted by: warhawk911 | February 7, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

warhawk, respectfully, I appreciate the response, but no links please. If you would like to try to disagree that those three "ideas" are the core of the GOP approach, argue it here in your words where we can enrich the discourse. You are better than a bbunch of links....especially to previously discredited websites. Thanks.

Posted by: free-donny | February 7, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Here it is, King Obummer.

1. Interstate sales of insurance policies.

2. Make health insurance tax-deductible.

3. Forget this attack on so-called "Cadillac Policies." We pay for what we get. If we don't pay, we don't get.

4. No "Caps" on Medical Flex-Spend.

5. Over-the-Counter drugs, medicines and other medical equipment, remains part of the Medical Flex-Spend.

6. Want to fight obesity? allow flex-Spend Accounts to allow for diet bars, Nutri-System and Jenny Craig meals.

7. People can't afford health insurance? let them file for state-aid or Medicaid.

8. Don't steal 1/2 trillion dollars from the Medicare Trust Fund to fund your new "Health Reform" Agenda. We, the productive people of America, put our tax money in there for when we do hit 65.

9. Make work pay. End extended unemployment benefits. 99 weeks of unemployment compensation is too much. People are now on "Funemployment" and dragging their butts looking for jobs. I get calls all the time. If people don't want to invest in themselves, to get a good job or movew to where the work is, tough cookies.

10. End COBRA subsidies. Having employers pay 65% of health insurance costs of former employees is unconstitutional and is preventing employers from hiring other workers. Why? No budget, due to the increase in overhead.

11. End the S-CHIP. When a family is making $88K a year, they don't need free health care for their youngsters, since they have something known as dependent health care. Let them pay for it, just like everybody else.

King Obummer, in 1980, I lived in a studio apartment, in Los Angeles, CA. I eventually got a 1 bedroom and after moving to the Great Plains, to an improvement in my life, fiscally and earned and saved enough money to buy my first house.

I eventually moved to Northern Virginia, again to improve my lot in life and to go to where the work was, and now have a house on a golf course and a membership in a country club.

We call this adapting to the conditions of life. If people can't adapt and their life revolves around standing on line for "Obama's Cash, from Obama's stash," instead of seeking work, they are losers, bums and reprobates.

Punishing those who have worked towards the "American Dream," in an honest and forthright manner do not deserve to be punished for their successes through excessive taxation.

Your "Soak the Rich" material is wet cow manure and everybody smells it. Everybody wants to be "rich," so they ain't buying what you're shoveling.

I crawled my way to where I am at and they can too!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 7, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Uh free donny? I'm sure you looked under the wrong tab!

Here are some Republican ideas that never saw the light of day:

http://www.gop.gov/solutions/healthcare

So much for the Democrats saying that the Republicans did not have any ideas! They did but they ignored the ideas and then claimed they had none!

Thank God the record has been set straight! Except for the liberal left who will refuse to listen!

Posted by: warhawk911 | February 7, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Tort reform = Red Herring

Just ask Texas about their tort reform "experiment"... the state is now a haven for the worst doctors in America.

No offense to responsible Texas physicians, but its the truth.

Posted by: free-donny | February 7, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

For the past year Obama and Democrats have had secret meetings and backroom deals that have not included the Republicans in any major legislation.And now the Obama wants more TV time with the Republicans in a summit the talk about health care,even though he has made it clear that He and Democrats are not willing to start over with Republican involvement this time!
Republicans should "Deny Obama's Request",and set Their Own Agenda for any future meetings! If the Republicans do decide to meet with Obama,they should blindside Him with anything but, Health Care Reform!
Republicans don't need Obama and the Democrats,so why validate any of their governmental missteps!They are at the Republicans mercy now, for true Legislation to take place..
Tell Him You'll Meet And Talk To Him In November,After The Elections!

Posted by: sdavis4 | February 7, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Yikes

I'm hearing wonderful diminishing minor thirds - never ending - I just keep upping the octave when I hit low enough.

Odd, listening to Thick as a Brick though.

The Innocent young master - heh heh

Tim Miltz

Posted by: EnjoyIntellectualComplacencyForAsLongAsItLasts | February 7, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

MY Fellow Americans

America is broke - BUT ...

We are on the brink of Fusion -

this will uproot and bring a new welcomed measure of capitalism.

Hold still America - a bright future awaits on the horizon.

Fusion will remedy 24% of your lifetime earning effort to energy resources be nullified forever.

No longer will you need to pay to limited energy resources.

Humanity can realize itself as one through a new global economic - technological realization via fusion energy solutions.

VIA no duct tape here homeland - whoever you ever were.

GOOD TIMES COMING

Don't buy into nationalisms last attempt to define itself through terror.

Terror is nothing but the SHADOW of a dying nation state looking to define itself against that which ? isn't it.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: EnjoyIntellectualComplacencyForAsLongAsItLasts | February 7, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, here are those Republican ideas again... I just dug them up from Bush-Cheney...their still fresh!

* Cut taxes for rich people

* Push Americans out of Medicare and into more expensive private heath plans.

* Privatize Social Security

The GOP thinks that parading about right-wing nutjobs will scare America so much that these screwball ideas will appear moderate. NOT!

Paint them "Ryan" or any other color...those GOP "ideas" will still smell just as bad as when Cheney F@rted them out!

Posted by: free-donny | February 7, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha ooh, Obama is finally going to make the Republicans use that bump between their shoulders, this should be hilarious. Can you picture this, no no no no.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | February 7, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope Republicans will consider Tort Reform as a part of Health Care Reform.
Do you want to reduce cost of medical care. Is 100,000 dollars per year of premium reasonable? That is more than an individual American makes. Is Obama listening? Or is he listening only to trial lawyers because he is a lawyer. Mr. Obama, think of your country first and then about your profession.

Posted by: mukundrpatel | February 7, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

This article hits on what I've attempted to crystalize for myself.

I do feel there is mis-prioritization of health care over other issues.

And I'll specify those issues.

US energy policy.

I am REALLY puzzled how the White House isn't seeing what I am

at Lawrence Livermore Labs - 1 to 2 years Fusion ? come on.

That's civilization change here.

BAM I just heard some never ending diminished 5 runout in my head - I'm outta here.

Posted by: EnjoyIntellectualComplacencyForAsLongAsItLasts | February 7, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Republicans should to and be very, very aggressive in pushing true health care reform.

Be extremely vocal, denounce and expose the fraud in Obama's plan. Attack Obama's lies with facts.

Turn the tables on Obama.

Everyone knows this meeting is another Obama sham, a one-off photo-op closely controlled by his cronies...at least that's their plan.

Posted by: bob59 | February 7, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Let the Republicans join in! This will expose the liberal left that they do not run Washington! The Republicans have been posting their ideas and have made motions for their ideas to be heard! Now they are finally getting their chance to show that Dems and Reps do indeed have things in common and that some of the Reps ideas are indeed better than those proposed by the Dems!

Posted by: warhawk911 | February 7, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Katy who? Oh yeah, ain't she the washed up, frist female "news-anchor" wanna-be who took the world on a journey to the center of her COLON? Now so sexually starved that she's doing a pseudo-sexual spread in Esquire, trying to attract the attention of a man? What sort of man? Well, with her mentality and age withOUT a four-hour make up session...ANY man'll do!

Posted by: kennpear | February 7, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

This is not starting over," one White House official said. "Don't make any mistake about that. We are coming with our plan. They can bring their plan."

The official added: "What the President will not do is let this moment slip away. He hopes to have Republican support in doing so - but he is going to move forward on health reform."

from article:


My advice is revisit US energy policy for which could/should have been brought to Copenhagen.

Change this and new emerging green industries will follow.

Miss this - and I can't say Hans Timmer at World Bank is off the mark.

Keen thinking is often necessary and I intend to offer just that in this post.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: EnjoyIntellectualComplacencyForAsLongAsItLasts | February 7, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh... looks like somebody is going to have to live up to his campaign promise of conducting his presidency in a "post-partisan" fashion.

How could such a fate have befallen this grossly over-rated, media-manufactured, Europe-adored anointed one? Let's recap the year 2009...

Obama never actually wanted to play nice with the Republicans in Congress. His strategy was to have the ever-nasty Nancy Pelosi and the ever-sycophant Harry Reid play his 'bad cops' and ram healthcare 'reform' through congress -- on the strength (or so they thought) of their supermajority. But then the American public began to figure out the legislative shenanigans for themselves and started showing up at town hall meetings in large (and loud) numbers, demanding that their concerns about this 2,500 page piece of garbage be heard by their Members of Congress. How dare they assert their rights as American citizens?

Then the stories of sweetheart deals with big insurance and big pharma started to leak out and.... oops! This dirty back-door biz didn't fly. And then that horrible Scott Brown stole Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat from the entitled Democrats.

And now our narcissistic, teleprompter-dependent President has lost his supermajority in Congress and, as if that isn't bad enough news for him, it's now an election year. Most Congressional Democrats are hoping for this atrocity called 'healthcare reform' to die on the vine before they have to cast a vote.

So what does Obama do now? He wants to pretend to 'engage' the Congressional Republicans, whom he spent all of 2009 ignoring, so that he can try to limit the midterm election damage to his own political party and (hopefully) foist some of the blame for his failed first 2 years on the Republicans.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | February 7, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

It's not clear exactly what is going down here, although it appears that the Republicans are being invited in to the lion’s den and will accept the invitation. This will be their undoing, whether they accept it or not. The Republicans will not be able to hide behind their idiotic and ungrounded supporters or resort to accusations of a hysterical nature to defend their lack of a rational position. Although they will try to do this, it will only make them look all the more ridiculous. At this point, they can not help themselves. Since the Republicans do not have an idea of their own that makes one scintilla of sense in terms of price control, it is hard to understand how they could accept the invitation to work in earnest. Besides, they are so busy washing their hands from their last 8 years of debacle and brainwashing their dimwit supports that Obama is responsible, where would they have the time or the energy. This will be an exercise in futility for everyone, but it will enable the democrats to move on without the mind numbing din of the disloyal opposition and ultimately pass some legislation that is good for even the dimwits. I have never heard so many ungrounded stupid ideas and thoughts in my entire life as printed in these comment pages, and quite frankly, what is so sad here is that the underlying fact is that we are paying for everything now. We are paying for the person who doesn't want to buy health care, the person who can't afford it, the person who is too lazy, on and on, but some how the dimwits think they can escape reality, and maybe they have. The overwhelming fact is that the average citizen in the USA is under educated and more than likely to unwittingly vote against his or her own self interest every time out. Please, give it a rest.

Posted by: rryder1 | February 7, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Doctors pay more in malpractice premiums that automobile premiums. Does that mean that they are worse as doctors than drivers? What an American anomaly!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mukundrpatel | February 7, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama has no interest in listening to Republicans, or anybody else. He just wants to have someone else to blame for his failure to impose his will on the American people.

Posted by: pkhenry | February 7, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

He should focus more on jobs& economy,not health care, he just want to make his fame to be the first president for carrying such healthcare reform in history, he never think of America people.

Posted by: helenhy | February 7, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

'Obama invites GOP to health-care summit' --They already *crafted* the bill, thanks to the sniveling, cowardly Wall Street troll, elected on a lie about a fantasy of 'change.' Obama was 'allowed' to win -- to serve as the friendly face for corporaterrorism and fascism.
Cheers,
Lori Price
Managing Editor
Citizens For Legitimate Government
http://www.legitgov.org/

Posted by: lorifromclg | February 7, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I know of one who sought to bring people together.

My meager understanding of the man Confucius ?

I understand it wasn't until his early 50's where he sought to bring harmony to tribal regions along the river - through music.

Go figure - yes, literally, he sought to bring harmony.

Music was LITERALLY used as device for political harmony.

I'm all for Confucius model here.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: EnjoyIntellectualComplacencyForAsLongAsItLasts | February 7, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr. concerned American, L. Velasco, I assume you are an American who knows there is no such thing as a "Hispanic" - the term is late 20th centry social construct and implies nothing historically. Nevertheless, review American history post World War II vis-a-vis American blacks and baseball.Finally, be absolutely clear about your own antecedents before denigrating fellow Americans!

Posted by: kingaaadr | February 7, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr. concerned American, L. Velasco, I assume you are an American who knows there is no such thing as a "Hispanic" - the term is late 20th centry social construct and implies nothing historically. Nevertheless, review American history post World War II vis-a-vis American blacks and baseball.Finally, be absolutely clear about your own antecedents before denigrating fellow Americans!

Posted by: kingaaadr | February 7, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Why is tort reform off the table?
Because it will hurt the trial lawyers who settle frivolous cases and keep a third or more for their pockets. Doctors collect payment from patients and siphon a large part of it (premiums like $100,000 per year for the lawyers benefit. Patients pay for it, doctors pass on the cost of legal protection to the lawyers and lawyers make an obscene cut for them. Example, John Edwards made 60 million dollars by suing obstetricians in South Carolina while he was screwing one of his companions. Texas made tort reform and doctors who contributed 100,000 dollars to the lawyers now only pay 17,000. The same doctors who moved from New York to Texas. Tort reform can only improve medical care. Negligent doctors can still be sued. What is wrong with this?

Posted by: mukundrpatel | February 7, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have stated a million times they want tort reform - it won't happen under Obama. Trial attorneys contribute too much dough to Democrats. Nothing like those special interests.

Posted by: birvin9999 | February 7, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I'd hope to invite all humans to the table.

Hey

anyone seen that pesky lion Aslan ?

Posted by: EnjoyIntellectualComplacencyForAsLongAsItLasts | February 7, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Let us hope and pray that the republican party continues to say NO to the dem aka lefty aka liberal aka progressive healthcare plan.

Posted by: gloryp | February 7, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, Obama is incapable of learning it seems. He will be slapped in the face again by the republican leadership, who will out-maneuver both him and the totally feckless democratic senate leadership yet again. The health care bill went down the tube NOT because of the lack of trying to pass it in a bipartisan way but because the democrats lacked any leadership from Obama, not to mention any real commitment, to get it passed. Obama turned out to be not the leader we all believed and hoped he would be. Giving nice sounding but vague speeches and bashing his liberal base will not get anything done. It is time for governing and leadership. It seems there is simply no one in Obama's cabinet who understands what this means. Trying to work together with republicans who would vote against him even if he wanted to pass a 10% tax cut for the super rich, just because it is coming from him, is totally futile. The only reason the republicans fake to play ball because this will delay things even more and will help them to push this debate, which they succeeded in making a divisive issue, up to the mid term elections. Obama should either grow a spine and force the democrats to pass a health care bill the only way possible, i.e. as a partisan bill, or just abandon it now and concentrate on other things. Giving the obstructionist republicans many more months to lie about the bill and organize their ultra right base around it would be a capital tactical mistake. But, it seems that Obama is set to make this mistake, piling it on top of his many mistakes during the first year.

Posted by: simon7382 | February 7, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Just another Obama campaign photo-op and a cheap attempt to actually partially go through with one of his campagain promises. GOP should tell Obama he had his chance and blew it!

Posted by: GordonShumway | February 7, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Now he is dead in the water, shot down by his own party, he now acts like he wants the Republicans to join in planning to revive his failure. I really hope they tell him where to stick it. Obama has an unrealistic view of what is wrong and has no clue how to fix anything that throwing money wont cure, and that folks is all the Libs know, its failing, lets throw more money at it...Stupid Stupid Stupid. Let the Libs die in their own stew, then we can fix the problem. Ultra Libs just cant look at history and see what worked and didnt,,,THIS time the money will fix it yea right..

Posted by: HawkCW4 | February 7, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

SCAM !!!

This is so he can do to them what he did to the Supreme Court, on national tv!

He wants to do it, do it in private FIRST!

The thing all military learn about LEADERSHIP... is praise in public, scold in private.

Well, he has no leadership skills, so...

Posted by: GregBoo | February 7, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

To demtse: BO is not suffering, not by any means. He is living better today than he ever did and better than any of us ever will. He is not being punished; he is punishing us and all future generations. He has created more debt for the country in one year than the prior administration did in 8. Bush may not have been perfect, but he inherited a recession, which was not small and had high tech people, including engineers walking the unemployment lines. Bush also had 911 to contend with and as a result had to rebuild our military which the Clinton administration diminished. He had 2 wars, both of which were successful regardless of what the lefties say. The world, including the US is better off without the Iraq dictator. Bush also had the Louisiana catastrophe to pay for..Give credit where due. What has BO done besides spend our money - unsuccessfully, and now he wants to raise our taxes which will hurt the economy even more. Bush lowered taxes and ended the recession he inherited.

Posted by: gloryp | February 7, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't go. All he wants to do is use them for scapegoats. What he needs to do is put HIS PARTY on TV and make them explain why their 2400 page masterpiece is what we want. In detail. Then we'll go from there. So far, everything the Democratic party has done has been behind doors with only a select Democratic membership invited- with Rahm of course.

Posted by: sandynh | February 7, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Planned Parenthood can no longer complain about the Super Bowl ad promoting life since their stooge was able to air a commercial, for free pre-game, on his HC deform insurance scam otherwise known as "The Planned Parenthood bailout bill".

Posted by: kwoods2 | February 7, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Why would the GOP support any health care proposal that covers people that wont vote for them? Remember the folks covered under any Dem plan would include brown skinned folks. Oh whoops sorry the GOP aren't racist.

Posted by: waxtraxs | February 7, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

When will those people who think that leaving Health care as is realize we are paying for the uninsured already. If by chance you have to go to the emergency room for treatment, Lab work and follow up you are paying for the people that have no insurance also.

Posted by: lawrence_98 | February 7, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama acts like a typical abused wife or simple he is a f..ing masochist

Posted by: bluelagoon21 | February 7, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

So this "summitt" will be televised?

I'll bet you dollars for donuts The Party Of No is a No-Show.

After all, their 2010 agenda is about complaining and obstructing, not about working with Democrats to solve problems.

But please surprise me, republicans. I can take it.

Posted by: binkynh | February 7, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I see many posts claiming that being against a government takeover of health care which will cost those with insurance substantially more, create shortages in care, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and do nothing about controlling costs but everything about controlling people racist. It shows how intellectually bankrupt the left is using the race card over and over again. It shows how spoiled others are who demand that whatever they feel they want is a right and should be taken from others. How about concentrating on the eight million or so that truly are helpless? How about allowing hospitals to deny health care to illegal aliens if the situation is not life threatening? How about trying to figure out what is driving the costs instead of adding to them? How about the fact that over 30% of health care costs are taxes and fees? (Just like gasoline the biggest proffit taker is the government(s) not the companies).

Instead the Zero thinks he is going to waltz in and ram this POS down the throats of the American People. Well the American people have spoken and they don't want it.

Posted by: Pilot1 | February 7, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

To Blue Two: Let's start cutting programs by making federal employees' costly insurance, including the white house and the senators, to the same kind of i nsurance as the rest of us. Let us stop blaming medicare. It is not the problem that the administration would have you think. Medicare is not free and most seniors do not use it until they are extremely ill after paying for it for years and years. Some even die before they use it. Take medicaid, which is basically welfare off of the banner of medicare. Call it what it is...welfare. Make frivolous law suits (ala Edwards) illegal, especially those who hit on insurance companies with no real cause. Let us get insurance across state lines. There are many ways to improve the cost of government, and stop picking on medicare and social security, from which the government has been stealing for years.

Posted by: gloryp | February 7, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

well friggin DUH obama...

what... did you stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night???

LOL

i though the teleprompter said all during your campaigning that you would ELIMINATE partisan politics when you were in office.

and now, and only now, because you are being seen as a FRAUD, you choose to invite the GOP to a summit to push through your miserably watered down and bogus failed health care?

senator brown wouldn't have anything to do with it either, would he?

LOL

@(o.o)@


Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | February 7, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Has our govenment officials signed up for this healthcare bill yet? No, they don't want it. It is not good enough for them. Have they taken a cut in pay yet? Nope, not one of them. We can't all work for the federal government. I heard the pay czar is getting $500,000 income. So, what does a pay czar do that makes him worth that much money? They are smearing this borrowed money that we will be forced to pay back, right in our faces. Has anyone wondered where is all the money from the large tax hike they put on tobacco? If you people don't smell something fishy by now, you won't ever.

Posted by: joanne38 | February 7, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama must be a glutton for punishment. I still doesn't realize that those who practice white supremacy want nothing to do with him or his agenda on health care reform.


Posted by: demtse | February 7, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line: President Obama has today called the bluff of typically confederate (read southern racist), hate driven, neo-republican, ex-dixieCRAP.

Palin pushing dimwits will now have their chance on Feb 25th to take as good as they spew. Without, that is, the right's control "Fixed News" and "Morning Joke" microphones.

For the first time, in a LONG time, I hear in the President's voice, and see in his countenance, a quiet but seething determination with which I am very familiar: In fact, a voice from mine own heart and days as a 60's activist in the neo-slaver south.

i.e., I don't give a damn what you do to me, my fight for "good" (read comprehensive health care/insurance reform) we will NOT be denied.

"RECONCILIATION" HERE WE COME!

"Right on" Mr. President

Posted by: project2 | February 7, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse


Obama must be a glutton for punishment. I still doesn't realize that those who practice white supremacy want nothing to do with him or his agenda on health care reform.


Posted by: demtse | February 7, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is taking his message to the American people, the same message he carried in the 2008 election.

Hopefully the party of no will make fools of themselves.

Then Mr. President ram it down their lying throats.

Posted by: COWENS99 | February 7, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

We the people don't want his health care plan the way it is. That should be clear. The citizens of this country thought they elected a democrat. This is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Something is very wrong here and there is a misunderstanding on who works for who.

Posted by: wildernesslight | February 7, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

What part of millions of people don't have jobs (thanks to Obama), to be able to afford insurance doesn't Obama understand? Hell no, it is not fair to tax the rest of us to death to provide it for them. There is not enough people to provide for their own families and their neighbor also. If they really want to do something then why don't they put a cap on what doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies can charge a person in order to get any kind of medical service. Right now for those of us who do have insurance have to pay four prices just to be treated in insurance fee, deductables, co-insurance, and co-pays. We might as well just all give up like the lazy parasites do and expect our government to give us freebies also. This is what we are sick of. When no one has income, medical care, or can pay taxes maybe then they will wake up because their golden parachutes will stop also and this country will just go to hell in a hand basket. For a whole year all Obama and his cronies have harped on is healthcare, raising taxes, and global warming. Jobs aren't being created because they haven't put one dime in an effort to create any. The two or three jobs of billions being wasted has gone overseas, not here. They are starting to track some of the money and they have tracked it in districts that don't exist or overseas. There is an enormous ponzi scheme going on and we all know it. 2.5 million going to a Chicago firm for a 30 second ad on the census and people are screaming about it on our only honest TV station (FOX), but who cares when MSM is still covering for this scam.

Posted by: joanne38 | February 7, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

What part of millions of people don't have jobs (thanks to Obama), to be able to afford insurance doesn't Obama understand? Hell no, it is not fair to tax the rest of us to death to provide it for them. There is not enough people to provide for their own families and their neighbor also. If they really want to do something then why don't they put a cap on what doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies can charge a person in order to get any kind of medical service. Right now for those of us who do have insurance have to pay four prices just to be treated in insurance fee, deductables, co-insurance, and co-pays. We might as well just all give up like the lazy parasites do and expect our government to give us freebies also. This is what we are sick of. When no one has income, medical care, or can pay taxes maybe then they will wake up because their golden parachutes will stop also and this country will just go to hell in a hand basket. For a whole year all Obama and his cronies have harped on is healthcare, raising taxes, and global warming. Jobs aren't being created because they haven't put one dime in an effort to create any. The two or three jobs of billions being wasted has gone overseas, not here. They are starting to track some of the money and they have tracked it in districts that don't exist or overseas. There is an enormous ponzi scheme going on and we all know it. 2.5 million going to a Chicago firm for a 30 second ad on the census and people are screaming about it on our only honest TV station (FOX), but who cares when MSM is still covering for this scam.

Posted by: joanne38 | February 7, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

So we'll bring our plan, the plan that America has already said they don't want and we'll beat the opposition up until they yell "uncle" and agree to our plan.

This is the only way the thugs from Chicago know how to operate. Obama still thinks it's all about him. He thinks he scored points because he walked away from Baltimore thinking he put the Republicans in their place. Now with this invitation he forgets the Public want both sides to work together. Obama thinks they want him to be tough. This guy just does not get it.

Posted by: letswin | February 7, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Why does Jimmy Carter I mean Obama continue to waste his time with people who only want to make him look bad and limit him to one term. I say after this waste of time he needs to define a health care reform bill and ram it through Congre$$ and take no hostages.
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What's keeping the President from supporting that line of action are the poll numbers against the bill. If he were to ram it through, it derail the rest of his political agenda.

So the President is betting if he goes on a televised discussion with Republicans, he can sell the bill on the strength of his personality alone.

Posted by: moebius22 | February 7, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line: President Obama has today called the bluff of typically confederate (read southern racist), hate driven, neo-republican, ex-dixieCRAP.

Palin pushing dimwits will now have their chance on Feb 25th to take as good as they spew. Without, that is, the control the "Fixed News" and "Morning Joke" microphones.

For the first time, in a LONG time, I hear in the President's voice, and see in his countenance, a quiet but seething determination with which I am very familiar: In fact, a voice from mine own heart and days as a 60's activist in the neo-slaver south.

i.e., I don't give a damn what you do to me, my fight for "good" (read comprehensive health care/insurance reform) we will NOT be denied.

"Right on" Mr. President

Posted by: project2 | February 7, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Barry is already a lame duck president after just one year in office. Now this headless chicken in the White House finally wants to parlay with the GOP, after having lost THREE high profile elections to GOP candidates, in which Barry campaigned for the Democrat but failed. Now just 268 days until Election Day.

See you at the polls, Dims.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 7, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Why does Jimmy Carter I mean Obama continue to waste his time with people who only want to make him look bad and limit him to one term. I say after this waste of time he needs to define a health care reform bill and ram it through Congre$$ and take no hostages.

Posted by: tginmn | February 7, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

abigsam craps on truth with the following post:

"Is THAT what you saw when Obama attended the GOP retreat? I saw a man up there armed with the facts who engaged their questions and addressed their talking points. I guess facts and reason are so foreign to you that you don't see them when they're right in front of your face.

Posted by: abigsam | February 7, 2010 6:09 PM"
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What kind of facts, abigsam?

Like, "I am not an ideologue!"

Or, some crappy snow job about debating the bill in public, when it was written by the Tides Foundation behind closed doors?

No mention of the $60 billion union deal, payoffs to Senators, and one major insurance company benefiting from his "plan".

Obama's lies are endless and he tells them boldly.

That way lies become facts to people like you.

That's how Hitler became popular. Hitler was also a charismatic speaker who could lie boldly and without shame.

Obama is in the same league.

Posted by: bob59 | February 7, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Republicans challenge the President on government mandates requiring Americans to purchase insurance.

Posted by: moebius22 | February 7, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Expect a lot of democratic "Told-You-So"s and a lot of Republican silence. Finally the American people will realize how little the Republicans actually have.

Posted by: Sentan | February 7, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

One year and a month after walking into the White House where he doesn't belong and now he wants to talk.
Don't trust him and watch out for the continued lies coming out of his mouth.

Posted by: opearson | February 7, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

As usual, Mike Shear is on top of his story. David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, et al. are fighting the President to the death on the health care issue. This 4 hour loya jirga is the latest desperate gamble. It is insanity to imagine that a 2000 page bill can be gone through in so brief a time. The Republicans will easily be able to portray the bill as a budget buster, dangerous for Medicare patients, and an intrusion into the doctor/patient relationship. The President's inner circle is pressing him to endorse the use of the "reconciliation" end run in the Senate, but that he will never do. "Comprehensive" health care legislation is and will remain dead.

Posted by: miglefitz | February 7, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse


OBAMA's -- DOG and PONY SHOW:

1) TORT REFORM! - This costs nothing to us. There is no new taxation; no additional government spending. It simply stops the trial lawyers from getting outrageous settlements for minor physician errors. (I.e. No more $1,000,000 awards for removing the wrong wart.)

**Defensive Medicine - Ambulance Chaser Protection - $100 BILLION + a year

2) Allow insurance companies to compete across state lines. - Right now, states only allow certain companies that meet various requirements that vary from state to state. This would drive costs down due to added competition. (Just like phone company rates have decreased.)

3) Make all insurance premiums 100% deductible from income before taxes. - This allows us to save more money.

4) Allow insurance companies to offer insurance plans that are similar to employer cafeteria benefits plans. - This would allow people to buy health insurance that is tailored to their specific needs.

5) Allow us to put more money into fully deductible health savings accounts. - Instead, the Democrats wanted to reduce the current amount.

6) Compel insurance companies to keep customers on their plans, even if that person gets sick later.

7) Stop the practice of giving free medical aid to illegal immigrants.

8) Do not use taxes to pay for abortions, except in the most extreme cases. (Rape, incest, health of the mother, etc.) Certainly, never allow partial birth abortions. (Unless the mother is endangered.)

If he and the Dems can live with these reasonable and sensible ideas, then a majority of Americans would support "change".

Posted by: highkey11 | February 7, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Republicans HAVE given plans... but they have been rejected out right by the democrats and President Obama. It was preposed to make insurance avalable across state lines and there is evidence to back that up as one of the best ways to bring down insurance cost.... but the President and democrats rejected it because it did not move us closer to socilized medicine.
The republicans preposed tort reform... but Obama and the democrats rejected it because all the evidence showed it would actualy work and bring down health care cost and that does not move us towards socialized medicine.

Every idea that did not lead us colser to socialized medicine is rejected by the democrats and President Obama.

This "sumit" will be no different, and the media coverage will cut and pasted to put the President in the best light and the republicans in the worse.

America is smarter than that and wide awake now. This will not save the democrats this November.

Posted by: markandbeth | February 7, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party's political agenda and humanitarian emphasis: Me, Myself, and I.

Posted by: AboonaJoe | February 7, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"The president made the announcement in an interview on CBS during the Super Bowl pre-game show. The meeting would mark the first time in the long health care debate that leaders from both sides would be allowed to air their ideas publicly and see if they can find agreement."

It only took an entire year for the present occupant in the White House, who pledged to strive for bipartisanship in his administration during the Presidential campaign, to stop his steam rolling long enough to allow the Republicans a one and only opportunity to present their ideas which they have been restrained from airing for an entire year.

Yet, even this is another lie as above paragraph 11 states:

"Democratic leaders have continued to work quietly to reconcile House and Senate versions that passed last year,"

I already twice below posted how "PELOSI AND REID PLOT SECRET PLAN FOR OBAMACARE".

Posted by: kwoods2 | February 7, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see John Bonehead can't even give a civil reply without degenerating into hyperbolic nonsense. The Republicans are incapable of even feigning responsible governance, so convinced that their intransigence is working that they now vote against their own policies and amendments. If you want even less to happen in the years to come, vote them in in 2010 and watch the country crumble.

Posted by: Koko3 | February 7, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!!

That's how Obama looked on the pregame Superbowl game with Katie Couric. Big mistake giving Obama by CBS (communist Broadcast system) the format to plug more gov't ,,the most idiotic gov't spending plan in the history of the US. National Heath Care ,, the lib's are DESPARATE!! lol and yes I love it!!!

remember Nov 6, 2012 .. save the date ...

Posted by: robof4 | February 7, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

This post is one of the most hilarious examples of potkettling I have ever seen. Think this person has an IQ above about 75?

Posted by: steveboyington | February 7, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

There is no point in talking to the republicans about anything. The swine are the enemies of working Americans and I wish the republican rats would fall over dead, the sooner the better.

Posted by: RichardHode | February 7, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful! Let the people see what the Repubs have: nothing!

Posted by: powelstock | February 7, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse


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The stupid son of a b1tch!

Why can't he see that the 'uglicans don't want him to pass ANY health bill so they can say he's a failure and take over in '12 (which will happen).

WHY CAN'T HE SEE THAT? Has nobody told him? Has someone told him and he just scoffed it off with "No, no, I'm sure the Republican party wants what's best for the people"?


No, Barak, THEY ONLY WANT TO RETURN TO POWER so they can begin siphoning off what's left of the country's wealth and then declare martial law!

IDIOT!

Where is LBJ when we need him? HE knew how to play by repuglycan rules, with emphasis on the "ugly".

--faye kane, homeless brain
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at http://tinyurl.com/fayescave

Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | February 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The real problem will not be discussed. Obozo insists on two things, a socialist form of government and a free pass to 30 million illegal immigrants.
How could that possibly save our nation from collaps?

Posted by: jcdooley | February 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

My prescription for bipartisanship:

I'll hug your elephant when you kiss my.,

Posted by: abigsam | February 7, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

The guy that said Barry Soetoro Hussein has shown his true colors is correct. The main color in BLACK. I'm not a predjudice person. Barry IS. I am Hispanic so I do, and don't know about the subject. I have not been black but I am smart enough to know that black people have suffered way too much in the past. It isn't the past anymore. It is now. The black people have more opportunity than ever. If you don't believe that, look at TV commercials. Movie industry and just TV in general. It has turned to them by a substantial number. Blacks complain about baseball, professional that is being only 8% black. They asked why? Someone from baseball responded, there are 33% Hispanics playing baseball because they are manageable, teachable and do a good job. I stopped watching pro basketball a long time ago. It was back in the "Cream Jabber" era. I remember calling Lou Alcinder that name at a basketball game in Oakland. He came up in the stands after me. The usher told me I better stop saying stuff. I told him I haven't use any bad language or talked about his mama or sista so let me alone. Before it was over I challenged Mr. Jabber to a contest. I told him I would put up $35,000.00 and shoot him from 22' and out. Thirty shots a piece. He was mad. I said just to make it fair, I would finish off with a hook shot from right side of the free-throw line off the backboard. This really got him. Sure, he could most likely kick my butt. I am 5'7" tall. I was probably faster at that time than he was but to challenge him to a one on one would have been a huge mistake. What I am getting at is, the NBA is a group of gangsters and thugs. Dummies and criminals. I am offered thickets to the Kings game constantly, but refuse. I HATE PRO BASKETBALL. Football is getting almost as bad. See, that's why I choose baseball. There are more whites and Hispanics than blacks. NO, I am not a racist. I just see reality. I love sports and they are ruining them. Just as Barry Soetoro Hussein is ruining the White House. He is a clown and his people are too.
Concerned AMERICAN,
L. Velasco

Posted by: landlvinternet49com | February 7, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

This is great - the first change the GOP will rightfully bring up is tort reform, then abortion, followed by coverage of illegals.......watch Obama try to dance around these. In the end it will be a silly photo-op and Obama and the Dems will ignore all the reasonable suggestion by the GOP - the Dems want socialism, not an improved Health care system at a lower cost.

Posted by: Realist20 | February 7, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Buzzramjet
I See the anti Obama trolls are out in force.I especially like the ones who claim to speak for all of America despite the polls showing Americans want universal health care. They claim AMERICA DOESN'T WANT ANY HEALTH CARE AT ALL!!!!! Seriously how dumb are you people.
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The polls do show that Americans don't want the bill that the President is insisting on pushing.

Posted by: moebius22 | February 7, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse


bob59 posted this nonsense:

"What are the rules?

1) Republicans can only ask questions. No follow ups to refute Obama's charismatic lies.

2) Photo-ops only.

3) Signing the guest list means you endorse Obama's destruction of health care.

4) No debate in public or invites to back room deals made after the circus.

Posted by: bob59 | February 7, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse"

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Is THAT what you saw when Obama attended the GOP retreat? I saw a man up there armed with the facts who engaged their questions and addressed their talking points. I guess facts and reason are so foreign to you that you don't see them when they're right in front of your face.

Posted by: abigsam | February 7, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

We the people don't want his health care plan the way it is. That should be clear. The citizens of this country thought they elected a democrat. This is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Something is very wrong here and there is a misunderstanding on who works for who.

Posted by: wildernesslight | February 7, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

What are the rules?

1) Republicans can only ask questions. No follow ups to refute Obama's charismatic lies.

2) Photo-ops only.

3) Signing the guest list means you endorse Obama's destruction of health care.

4) No debate in public or invites to back room deals made after the circus.

Posted by: bob59 | February 7, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Do not fall for this tripe from Obama. We can have this discussion in October after we have a new Congress and can make some actual progress on health care without bankrupting the Nation in the process.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | February 7, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

This is a bad idea, since the Republicans will just string him along, and backstab him at the earliest opportunity.

Their agenda, if it can be called, that is to obstruct any legislation.

Posted by: vrillsharpe | February 7, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, we know the Republicans will never shut up, so now at least they'll have to put up.

It's so much easier to turn a liberal into a Republican than the other way around. All you have to do is remove half their brain and fill the cavity with hot air.

Posted by: abigsam | February 7, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

It is up to Republicans as well as Democrats to cut spending. But that might anger voters. Let's see which politicians have the backbone to cut Medicare and Social Security and Pentagon spending. You go first John and Mitch.

Posted by: BlueTwo1

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And just why should the minority party go first? Just can't admit that the dems will never cut anything or ever stop the reckless spending huh?

Not to worry though the GOP will have it's turn soon and we plan to hold their feet to the fire this time.

Posted by: Straightline | February 7, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is in need of health care
For a case of "morbid obsession"
With a focus on persistence in lost causes
After losses galore in succession.

Hoping it appears to make it seem
That others have precipitated his plight
By dragging them into public discussion
Hoping their perfidy will be brought to light.

What a persistent fellow he is,
Hoping perhaps to win an award from Show Biz
For playing the part
Of one who speaks from the heart
As did the "The Wonderful Wizard of 'Is'".

A fellow from Arkansas, by the way,
Who did his best in 2008 to convey
His belief that Barack
At taking heat was too slack
Hence out of the race for Potus should stay.

Posted by: Gonzage1 | February 7, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The only outcome will be for Obozo to misinterpret any comment he can in an effort to sway public opinion. He will dance around direct questions regarding illegal aliens on public services, he will lie about his recovery plan, he will pat himself on the back for the stock market, the phony decrease in unimployment and and jobs SAVED OR CREATED.

Jimmy Carter II

Posted by: jcdooley | February 7, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!! DESPERATE DESPERATE!!

That's how Obama looked on the pregame Superbowl game with Katie Couric. Big mistake giving Obama by CBS (communist Broadcast system) the format to plug more gov't ,,the most idiotic gov't spending plan in the history of the US. National Heath Care ,, the lib's are DESPARATE!! lol and yes I love it!!!

remember Nov 6, 2012 .. save the date ...

Posted by: robof4 | February 7, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh nowwww he wants to include the republicans. All he doing is trying to get 1 or 2 to support the 2000+ page POS as is.

Republicans need to stay far away from this sudden interest in "bi-partisanship. This fellow is poison. He will destroy the GOP like he has already destroyed the once noble party of JFK.

At this moment in history we don't need bi-partisanship. We need a regime change.

Posted by: Straightline | February 7, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Now the President is willing to broadcast the discussion on television? Where was this open debate last summer, this past fall or even in December? We have wasted an entire year while the Bickertons pointed fingers at one another. I am sorry but I have no confidence in him. None. I had hoped he would prove himself to be different. Business as usual in DC.

Posted by: Shadow10 | February 7, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Any proposal Republicans don't like (e.g. health-care reform, bank bailouts, stimulus, cap and trade) is a job killer. That resonates with the Tea Baggers and other credulous supporters of the notion that Democrats are godless Communists bent on complete Socialization of everything. OK. Assume for the moment that they are job killers. Show me in detail how they are job killers, outside of your magical thinking mind. By the way, I think our government spends TOO MUCH MONEY. It is up to Republicans as well as Democrats to cut spending. But that might anger voters. Let's see which politicians have the backbone to cut Medicare and Social Security and Pentagon spending. You go first John and Mitch.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | February 7, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I See the anti Obama trolls are out in force.I especially like the ones who claim to speak for all of America despite the polls showing Americans want universal health care. They claim AMERICA DOESN'T WANT ANY HEALTH CARE AT ALL!!!!! Seriously how dumb are you people.

As for Obama publicly inviting the Thug party to a summit and THEN TELEVISING IT is sheer genius. The thug party members won't show claiming it is all a stunt while being unable to explain why they won't go and show Obama the TRUE REPUBLICAN way of no rules or regulations for health care insurance companies and let them have all the death panels they want. IN fact if the republicans had their way, Americans would be FORCED to buy insurance at inflated prices and the insurance companies would then deny everyone any health care.

WIN WIN FOR EVERYONE...well except the poor, the sick, the dying etc.but HEY who cares about sick people...right? It's really all about the Benjamins!!

As for the nonsense that the bill is 2000 pages long. The Thugs had it printed in very large print to make it longer. According to people who actually read,the bill would be less than 200 hundred pages.

Hmmm I guess that doesn't fit into the "hate Obama no matter what" talking points eh?

OH and by the way,does ANYONE believe anything Dick Morris says anymore?

Posted by: Buzzramjet | February 7, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"I want to consult closely with our Republican colleagues", Obama told Couric.

Obama is not just a master of sophism, he's utterly shameless!

Posted by: ClarenceEDeBarrows | February 7, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Now the President is willing to broadcast the discussion on television? Where was this open debate last summer, this past fall or even in December? We have wasted an entire year while the Bickertons pointed fingers at one another. I am sorry but I have no confidence in him. None. I had hoped he would prove himeself to be different. Business as usual in DC.

Posted by: Shadow10 | February 7, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Can this man stay off the televison?
He really wants an emmy for best comedian in a really long series of screw ups!

Don't trust him, never, ever have!

Posted by: canyon2 | February 7, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Why bother with Obama's Health Care Summit? It is not going to get us anywhere. The economic and political goal of the political and economic elite is just to kill the 20 million or so Americans who are dying for health care--women with breast cancer, children with deadly congenital diseases, adults who just need one operation to survive. It will be so much cheaper if we --the 20 million who are sick--just all die. Less of "us" means more for "you," you greedy economic elite. The US Government is a filthy, psychopathic killing machine rightly in the grip of the sociopathic 1/10 of 1%. No one even notices the killing anymore. Get this--there have been 60 MILLION abortions since 1971. That is not a "choice." That is genocide of millions of families--those were women who could not keep their child because they had no decent job or education--or even hope for an education. Now--the 20 million sick are in the crosshairs of the new "Hitlerian" elites. The US Congress--House and Senate-- is composed of sociopathic men and women unable to identify with any one outside their own religious, economic or sexual orientation group. So it is--to hell with us. All I can say is: "Blessed are the merciful, for mercy shall be shown them." Your day is coming.

Posted by: tonopaw | February 7, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

mainer2 wrote:

The folks here who are claiming that the process has been hidden and/or unusual simply don't know what they are talking about and are mouthing the talking points of Obama's political opponents.
_____________________________________________________
Paragraph 11 in the above article:

"Democratic leaders have continued to work quietly to reconcile House and Senate versions that passed last year,"

Like I previously posted:

PELOSI AND REID PLOT SECRET PLAN FOR OBAMACARE

http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2010/01/25/pelosi-and-reid-plot-secret-plan-for-obamacare/


"Senate Democrats will go to the House with a two-part deal.

First, the House will pass the Senate’s Obamacare bill that passed the Senate in December. The House leadership will vote on the Senate bill, and Pelosi will allow no amendments or modifications to the Senate bill."

"Behind closed doors, Reid and Pelosi have agreed in principle that changes to the Senate bill will be made to satisfy liberal House members — but only after the Senate bill is passed and signed into law by Obama."

"This deal will be secured by a pledge from Reid and the Senate’s Democratic caucus that they will make “fixes” to the Senate bill after it becomes law...."


"Reid also has agreed to bypass Senate cloture and filibuster rules and claim that these modifications fall under 'reconciliation' and don’t require 60 Senate votes.

To pass the fixes, he won’t need one Republican; he won’t even need Joe Lieberman or wavering Democrats such as Jim Webb of Virginia.

His 52 pledged senators give him a simple majority to pass any changes they want, which will later be rubberstamped by Pelosi’s House and signed by Obama.

This plan, of course, is a total subversion of the legislative process."

Posted by: kwoods2 | February 7, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

The 'compromise' will be a 'market-based' approach for which the tax payers will provide the bailout to private sector insurance industry.

The 'compromise' occurred over the last six months; see below:

Item 1:
 “A mere seven months ago (that would be around June 2009), The New York Times/CBS poll found that 72% of Americans ‘supported a government-administered insurance plan—something like Medicare for those under 65—that would compete for customers with private insurers.’”

Item 2: As of February 2010, no single payer health care reform, no 'government option', mandated premium payments to private sector insurers, tax money to private sector insurers, stipulations making it legal for insurers to spend only 80 cents of every 100 cents on actual health care while spending 20 cents of every 100 cents on lobbying, 'sympathetic' candidates, CEO bonuses, 'administration' and fighting your claim for treatment.

Item 3: Virtually no one (other than those who created the sop for the insurance industry) want this bastardized insurance industry bailout to pass.

What is left to 'compromise'? There is no reform envisioned by either party. What more of the taxpayers' money Obama and the Democrats can give away remains to be seen, but if the 'compromise' is required, it is because Obama is desperate and even more willing to sacrifice the public good.

The 'compromise' occurred long ago. The complete capitulation is coming.

Posted by: theworm1 | February 7, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

You've heard it said, "we need universal health insurance," and yet I say unto you, "nobody needs insurance." People need water, food, shelter, and sick people do need health care, but insurance is not a necessity to anybody. The argument favoring insurance is, "health care costs too much," however, the insurance industry itself sets the price. They want to make health care expensive, thereby forcing us into purchasing insurance. It’s tremendously expensive to operate an insurance company. There are shareholders who want big profits, the company's officers make millions, they have huge office buildings, employ a fleet of lawyers, and there are lawsuits that they have to pay. They afford these things with our "health care" dollar. Their fiduciary responsibilities are to deny health care claims wherever they can. Furthermore those clinics that control our doctors and nurses, also have to pay for specialized receptionists who know all about insurance, claims adjusters, and medical coding specialists. Obviously these are all administrative costs and aren’t related to health at all! Does anybody seriously believe that funding the entire insurance industry with our health care dollar makes health care cheaper? Our politicians seem to think so, but then again they take money from the insurance lobbyists as campaign contributions. The media seems to think so, but then again they are heavily sponsored by insurance companies who can withdraw that sponsorship at any time. The public is thereby being deliberately misinformed as to the value of insurance.

Posted by: Salverda | February 7, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

The desperate dem libs are grappling for traction...they are loser leaders..."THEY WON" but then, "THEY BLEW IT" and now it's time to see is they can really lead....don't think so...ba bye in November...we've seen your lack of leadership and you will be the minority again.

Posted by: powerange | February 7, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

This is actually a brilliant move by Obama. He can publicly ask republicans their ideas on healthcare which will be embarrassing to them because they'll have no answers. Obama has made so many consolations already ready on this bill for the right and they still oppose it making them even MORE like the party of "NO!". Good job, Mr. President.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 7, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

"This is not starting over," one White House official said. "Don't make any mistake about that. We are coming with our plan. They can bring their plan."
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This should be interesting. Health care insurance mandates and special deals versus anything but.

Posted by: moebius22 | February 7, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama jumps in during the Super Bowl pre game show ---- what a bunch of crap!!! That slimey trick must have created ten million new Republicans.

Posted by: blackhawk06 | February 7, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

A bipartisan sellout of the American people to the insurance industry -- both parties' biggest donors.

Posted by: pkotta | February 7, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

If this was a serious attempt to have a dialogue, it wouldn't be televised. An off the record discussion might be profitable but this is another grandstand play for the media, all spin and no substance. I hope that the republican leaders will refuse to be scenery for more Obama empty rhetoric

Posted by: M1Rifleman1940 | February 7, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

The only reason the GOP was invited is because Palin told tea party attendees in Nashville that the GOP was not invited to the health care summit, but they were invited to the tea party.

Now all of a sudden President Obama invotes the GOP to the summit.

Posted by: thelaw1 | February 7, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey vgailitis: You mean the majority of voters who elected Obama?

Posted by: pkotta | February 7, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Political games won't be tolerated by voters. Very simply, the medical insurance premiums rate increase notices have been sent out, welcome to more gouging in 2010! Enough is enough. Pass the bill, or our economy is dust, finished.

The insurance CEOs are as arrogant as the bankers, raising rates when it's already so hard to get a job, when benefits cost so much. No amount of coverage saves us from thousands in co-pays, medications, and over-the-top deductibles. We're not left with enough to make car payments, never mind house payments, or help pay our kids' college costs.

It's broken, fix it. That's what you Senators and Representatives get paid to do. And Republicans, you asked for televised negotiations, you got it, get to it.

Posted by: VCubed | February 7, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The democrats, and especially Obama and Soros, don't care what the people want! The dems have been trying to socialize medicine, which means take it off the union backs and put it on the taxpayer backs since 1908! It has failed every time, but that doesn't stop them. This time, you can smell the absolute disregard they have for YOU the voter! YOU are viewed as stupid, and many of you are for voting for these same names over and over again! Vote them out and keep them out. Don't let them sneak in the back door via the lobbyist route. It doesn't matter that socialized medicine works nowhere, the dems want to control your life. They've already told you what kind of toilet you are allowed to have and what kind of light bulbs you can have. They've put two car companies out of business and destroyed your equity in your homes. They've created the worst economic environment in this nation's history and they aren't done yet. Where has Marxism worked? Where? So why are you letting obama implant that disease here?

Posted by: vgailitis | February 7, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

To invite the Republicans to a summit about healthcare is like inviting child molesters to a summit about child protection. The Republicans' very goal is to have the measure fail and get the uppity nnegro out of their white house.

Posted by: jewishmother | February 7, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

We need healthcare for middle class and poor. Rich class and Republicans have made enough fortune, now it is their to shut their mouth and go to the sideline.

Posted by: tapand | February 7, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

PELOSI AND REID PLOT SECRET PLAN FOR OBAMACARE

http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2010/01/25/pelosi-and-reid-plot-secret-plan-for-obamacare/


"Senate Democrats will go to the House with a two-part deal.

First, the House will pass the Senate’s Obamacare bill that passed the Senate in December. The House leadership will vote on the Senate bill, and Pelosi will allow no amendments or modifications to the Senate bill."

"Behind closed doors, Reid and Pelosi have agreed in principle that changes to the Senate bill will be made to satisfy liberal House members — but only after the Senate bill is passed and signed into law by Obama."

"This deal will be secured by a pledge from Reid and the Senate’s Democratic caucus that they will make “fixes” to the Senate bill after it becomes law...."


"Reid also has agreed to bypass Senate cloture and filibuster rules and claim that these modifications fall under 'reconciliation' and don’t require 60 Senate votes.

To pass the fixes, he won’t need one Republican; he won’t even need Joe Lieberman or wavering Democrats such as Jim Webb of Virginia.

His 52 pledged senators give him a simple majority to pass any changes they want, which will later be rubberstamped by Pelosi’s House and signed by Obama.

This plan, of course, is a total subversion of the legislative process."

Posted by: kwoods2 | February 7, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't hold your breath everyone.
As someone who voted for President Obama I am completely disgusted with the progress, or lack of, our elected officials demonstrated this past year. This along with the Supreme Court's decision to remove restrictions on private monies used to finance and cater to our local and national politicians furthering the lack of incentive to serve the people who elected them.

Posted by: 110-trainman | February 7, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

It will be nice to see the GOP on record as being against healthcare reform and against the middle class. This is a debate in which there are only two sides: Those who are for the middle class, and those who are for the insurance companies.

Posted by: abigsam | February 7, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama still doesn't get it. If he doesn't scrap the monstrosity and start over, what's the purpose? The people have spoken, and they don't want what's on the table.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | February 7, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

WE WANT THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR HEALTH CARE!!


If Our elected representatives were truly concerned about health care instead of control, they could fix 90 percent of the problems with health insurance by ending the federal law allowing states to ban health insurance sales across state lines.

If we had a free market in health insurance, it would be inexpensive and easy to buy insurance for "pre-existing" conditions before they exist. The vast majority of "pre-existing" conditions that currently exist in a cramped, limited, heavily regulated insurance market would be "covered" conditions under a free market in health insurance.

Posted by: AJAX2 | February 7, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

People seem to forget that this legislation has attracted hundreds of lobbyists who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars protecting their turf and denegrating proposals that might damage their interests. If legislators on both sides would consider minimizing the effect of those who selfishly want to derail a bill (remember there really is not one bill yet to be voted on)then perhaps the discussion could focus on reform, not resistence and recrimination.
Giving more visibility to the corrosive and corruptive influence of special interest money shoud be part of the groundrules for this meeting. Then, there might be a fighting chance for insurance reform.

Posted by: rogerlharris | February 7, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Don't dooooooooo iiiiiiiiit!!!!

Lies & treachery await in the shadows.

Invite Obama to a Republican health care summit. That'll test his sincerity.

Help him out: Include a definition of "sincerity" on the invitation.

Posted by: stillings | February 7, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Whats going to happened, too all of the Barack-door-deals ?

Don't trust Obama, hes a sneaky slimy south-side snake !

Posted by: dashriprock | February 7, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

So what the President and Dems want is compromise. However, they only want the GOP to really have to compromise. Seeing as how the current bill stands no chance of passing Congress why not start over? The current bill is flawed and will not help the American people.

Posted by: matthewcheadle | February 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

HEALTH CARE IS DEAD................EVERYBODY SEEMS TO KNOW THIS FACT EXCEPT OBAMA..............HE HAD BETTER WAKE UP BECAUSE HE ONLY HAS A FEW MONTHS TO PULL HIS PARTY OUT OF THE DOLDRUMS BEFORE THE FALL ELECTIONS.............IF HE CONTINUES TO HARP ABOUT HEALTH CARE THEY ARE GOING TO GET................................HAMMERED...........................IN MY ENTIRE LIFE I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER SEE A GUY WITH A HARDER HEAD THAN THIS MAN. HE REFUSES TO LISTEN OR SEE THE OBVIOUS. THIS REMINDS ME OF THE TIME BAKER MADE THE VISIT TO NIXON TO TELL HIM HE DIDN'T HAVE THE VOTES AND HE WOULD HAVE TO RESIGN........SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE, NEEDS TO MAKE A VISIT TO THIS MAN AND WAKE HIM UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Howellstephen75 | February 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Has Obama alerted C-Span yet? Or is this going to be just another smoke and mirrors con job?

Posted by: apberusdisvet | February 7, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The folks here who are claiming that the process has been hidden and/or unusual simply don't know what they are talking about and are mouthing the talking points of Obama's political opponents.

Compared to each and every bill that's passed, the process was more open. Conference committee proceedings are NEVER done in public. Regular committee hearings are done in open. And that's what happened with health care. Most steps were on C-SPAN. I, for one, watched the mark-up in the Senate Finance Committee. But the opponents of the president, who revel in not being "elite," and not knowing much of anything, will never admit this. They are too proud of their ignorance.

Posted by: mainer2 | February 7, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

So what the President is saying is that we want compromise but the GOP must do it not us.

Posted by: matthewcheadle | February 7, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Don't fall for it GOP this is a setup and can lead to nothing good. Tell Obama to do his job and submit his legislative proposal. Once he does then congress can debate it. He's making a mockery out of the process and attempting to gain a personal advantage. Preliminary discussions should not be televised because he will turn them into a political trial.

Posted by: rplat | February 7, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

He should have done this from the beginning.
The damage that has been done to his credibility is a shame. He had a great chance to make history and blew it.

Posted by: njtou | February 7, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Great news for us, the people. Odumbo and his corrupt party couldn't swing it behind closed doors, with corrupt political payoffs, so now he has capitulated.
He still needs to be defeated at every turn.

Posted by: LarryG62 | February 7, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama's back-room deals failed miserably, he has lost his Super Majority, now he wants to use the Repuclicans in a televised event to boost his ratings--I say stay away, this guy is poison...let him continue to destroy the Democratic Party from within, do not let him destroy the Republican Party as well.

Posted by: JCM-51 | February 7, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Our representatives don't need to go along with Mr. Obama's foolish requests. He has shown his true colors and there is nothing more to say. My representatives need to be on the floor of the house and senate fighting tooth and nail for health care reform in this country that is going to help the real American citizens. End of discussion.

Posted by: lsterling9 | February 7, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The great public works program in the history of this country is the interstate highway act. It was somewhere around 30 pages. The idea that we need 2,000 pages to write a health care bill is ridiculous. I can read a bill of around 30 pages and have a fair idea what it does or does not day. I defy anyone to do the same with a bill 2,000 pages long.

Health care in this country consumes somewhere around 16% of the GNP. The other so called advanced nations spend anywhere from 8 to 11% of their GNP on health care. Since we do not get radically better care in this country, we are literally spending billions of billions of dollars on a failed business model. If you want health care reform in this country, we need to address that reality that the problem is the business model. To date I have seen no sign that anyone on either side of the political divide wants to look in this direction. Until we realize what the problem is we cannot possibly reform the system.

Posted by: jeffreed | February 7, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

This is a major sign to Dems and a big blow to liberals. Proof that HC reform will be passed in bipartisan chunks, not a comprehensive bill.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 7, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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