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White House sends out the invites for health-care summit

Updated 5:45 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
The White House on Friday issued its formal invitation to Republicans to attend a health care summit on Feb. 25, calling it "the next step" in the process of reforming the country's broken health insurance system.

In a letter to lawmakers (PDF), Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the half-day meeting at Blair House will include the top congressional leaders in both parties and the ranking members in committees that deal with health care.

The Obama advisers said it "is impossible to include every House
Member or Senator who has played a pivotal role in the health care debate," but added that Republicans and Democrats will each be allowed to invite four other members of their choice to the discussion, which will begin at 10 a.m. and be televised live.

Sebelius and Emanuel said the White House will post the text of what they called "a proposed health insurance reform package" online before the meeting begins, and challenged Republicans to do the same.

The letter did not say what the White House package will include, other than saying it will "put a stop to insurance company abuses, extend coverage to millions of Americans, get control of skyrocketing premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and reduce the deficit."

Democrats have passed two very different bills through the House and Senate and had been working to reconcile them in the days before Republican Scott Brown emerged victorious in the Massachusetts Senate race last month.

White House aides had indicated that work on that reconciliation had continued and that Obama would come to the table on Feb. 25 with some version of a merged bill. Republicans have said the only way for the president to show he is serious about bipartisanship is to scrap the two Democratic bills and start over.

In a separate letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), three House Republican leaders demanded to know whether Democrats are rushing to finalize a "backroom health care deal" before the summit.

"The existence of any kind of backroom health care deal among the White House and Democratic Leaders would certainly make a mockery of the President's stated desire to have a 'bipartisan' and 'transparent' dialogue on this issue," wrote House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.).

In the White House letter, officials said Obama will make opening remarks at the Blair House meeting, to be followed by comments from a Republican and a Democratic designee. They also urged lawmakers to bring at least one staff member who specializes in health policy.

"This is the closest our Nation has been to resolving this issue in the nearly 100 years that it has been debated," they wrote. "The Blair House meeting is the next step in this process."

The letter was e-mailed to reporters and posted on the White House blog.

"This leaves a lot of unanswered questions," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner. "Are they excluding governors, state legislators, CBO, and rank-and-file congressional Democrats who have opposed Obamacare and are the reason the president hasn't had a bill to sign? Are Congressional Democrats still working behind closed doors with White House support on a 'pre-negotiated package' that can be rammed through Congress after the summit via legislative tricks? Or are they willing to start over with a blank sheet of paper? We need answers before we know if the White House is more interested in partisan theater than in facilitating a productive dialogue about solutions."

See the full list of invitees.

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Heath Care Reform Revolution March February 24, 2010

To Americas Second Line Of Defense:


We Veterans are abled , disabled or reserve. We once fought for our country, many still are, we where trained to be the best but it was with the support of those we were fighting for, The American people. we have fought with other nations, for there peoples freedom, Well our freedom is at risk. The freedom of the American people as well as the worlds is at risk, if we do not solve the health care reform issue; not just here in America but as long as there is one unhealthy human being the rest of the population we’ll be at risk for extinction. we are no different than any other species. We must act swiftly. Years ago during many past wars in a slumping almost none existing economy the wives, Mothers and children made great sacrifices back here on the home front sending us weapons armor and munitions that they assembled to send to us to help win a war. Why would we do any less for them. We were trained to be the best. We must stand together once more just as we did in our respective military careers. Immobilize to live 2/24/2010

We must stand strong, We must not waiver the American people are counting on us once again to show our might and protect the defenseless against the terrible wrong done to them by not having in the Constitution the right to all having equal opportunity to live a healthy and long life, for all mankind. They helped us receive many benefits since America existed. Lets pay it forward and honor the American people without health insurance by Marching for them on February 24, 2010 on all state capitals to show our legion belongs to the American people. (An unhealthy Human race makes it impossible to colonize another planet if that’s what we need for our survival). If you work against Heath Care Reform your working against your own survival.


PO3 Dethaniel Henry, Disabled


Posted by: dshldh | February 19, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

This is a quote from today regarding the "bipartianship" that Mr. Obama is proposing for the 25th February meeting. If this is the scenario, how can this be a working meeting to get ideas and contributions from Independents/Republicans and other Democrats for a proposed health care bill? It seems to me that it is cut and dried by the time the 'outsiders' come in for this meeting, no? What is going on - it looks like it is all a play for the media driven White House, no?

QUOTE: "A productive bipartisan discussion should begin with a clean sheet of paper," Minority Leader John A. Boehner said this week. "We now know that instead of starting the 'bipartisan' health care 'summit' on Feb. 25 with a clean sheet of paper, the president and his party intend to arrive with a new bill written behind closed doors exclusively by Democrats - a backroom deal that will transform one-sixth of our nation's economy and affect every family and small business in America. ... It doesn't sound much like bipartisanship to me."

Once Democrats come up with a merged plan, it's unclear how it would pass. Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's surprise victory last month gave Republicans enough votes to filibuster the bill in the Senate.

One scenario that has serious backing is the House passes the Senate's bill and then both chambers pass another bill to "fix" what they didn't like in the Senate plan - such as the federal government paying for Nebraska's Medicaid tab. The "fix" would have to pass the Senate through reconciliation, a complicated procedural tool that needs just 51 votes. But even that plan has been met with some resistance from House leaders.

Senate Democrats, for their part, seem to have growing support for reconciliation. Five new Democrats and one independent signed on to a letter Wednesday asking Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass a public insurance plan through reconciliation. Four other Democrats sent the letter earlier this week." UNQUOTE

Moey

Posted by: nancycrichton | February 18, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

What are you supposed to believe? Obama Dearest says he wants a health care summit and he wants that includes Republican proposals. On the other hand, Pelosi said they have decided to use reconciliation. If the latter is true, this so=called meeting is nothing but a sham. But everything this administration has done so far has been a sham.

Posted by: annclaire | February 15, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

I commend the Dems for their efforts to improve the economy by seeking a solution for Health Care. As a long time Republican turned Democrat, I believe that the Republicans can offer some good cooperation towards solving this economic problem caused by Health Care costs.

President Obama has risked his whole political career by trying to push this necessary reform. It has not helped his approval ratings, but he did it knowing it was right to do. Obama, Reid, and Pelosi have a chance to set the course of the countries financial future into a successful path. Maybe the Republicans cooperation and insights can help this happen before it is too late. Or is it too late? We'll see.

Posted by: bhemphill | February 14, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

The House, Senate and Whitehouse Democrats would not be pushing to plan how to get the current bill through by 51 votes instead of 60 if Obama was really going to listen to the Republican ideas. The special interest groups backing this bill are pushing for the Democrats to do nothing, the Democrats are the party of No when it comes to working with others.

Then there is that whole Ried fiasco on the jobs bill, that shows how little the Democrats actually want to be bipartisan.

Posted by: win1 | February 13, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

As a republican, I still hope that our President has the best intentions. He is after all our president and his failure would be our failure.

But, the democratic majority has passed the healthcare bill behind closed doors with tons of pork and bought votes.

Start over and televise the whole thing or scrap it all together!

Posted by: JBfromFL | February 13, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

What Good Is Health Care Reform, When a...

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OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 13, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I read ALL of HR 3200. It contains so many giveaways to partisan Democratic constituences, it should be regulated as campaign finance. MOST OF US will pay MORE for the health insurance we have now, but we'll be "allowed" to keep it. How dare the government tell us what we're "allowed" to have for health insurance?
I'm not going to defend Republicans either: they should have taken out ads or whatever it took to publicize their own plans, if they were better.
So now we have insurance companies laughing all the way to the bank, because their Democratic campaign contributions are really paying off: a captive audience of new subscribers who either sign up, or the IRS will come after them. This is disgusting, and it's NOT health care reform.

Posted by: SavingGrace | February 12, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Rahm is the other side’s version of Billy Tauzin.

Posted by: dove369 | February 12, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Just another Obama photo op...like the one he staged in front of the flag-draped coffins of our war dead.

Posted by: JCM-51 | February 12, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Why should a Republican bother going? Obama will never EVER agree to tort reform as trial attorneys are his number 2 special interest, second only to corrupt unions. Beyond that he'll never accept out of state competition. You guessed it - unions.

Posted by: birvin9999 | February 12, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Uh Makom, I understand that the Book of Revelation 13:17-18 reads something like "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six".

Obama is not forbidding ANYONE from buying or selling, so you suggest he is the Anti-Christ because....

Posted by: shadowmagician | February 12, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Spread the word people. The mark of the beast on your forehead is when you accept the Anti-Christ through blind faith. The mark of the beast on your hand is when you accept the Anti-Christ through gifts. People Obama is the Anti-Christ that you have all read about. You have been warned. The future is not set and can go in two very different directions. Get involved and help stop this massive take over.

Posted by: makom | February 12, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The Republican response to this meeting, calling it a "Trap" is ultimate and final proof as to what enemy of American people republicans have been and are, as to what lunatics Republicans are, Which translated means that Republicans are paid agents of Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, Big Banks, etc.) and to get away with this Con Job they say any insane thing, such as "Government cannot do anything..." which translated means pay Taxes and get nothing for your Taxes, more on this below.

You can read much more here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 12, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Building ideas is not hard, building commitment is very difficult, and it we hit a tipping point of complexity in our ability to reform our health care system at the federal level - this needs to be led at the state level. There are too many variables with 300m + people to attempt this scale.

Shift the responsibility and funding to the states and with a basic set of guidelines and principles.

Posted by: languagelife | February 12, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

mdsubramonia - You are quite correct, no one will contest that a trillion dollars in national debt is a gigantic amount.

But consider this - The MOST expensive health care systems in Europe consume 11% of their GDP. They cover everyone and no one goes bankrupt because of illness.

The difference between 11% and 17% of the US GDP ($14.4 trillion, 2008) is over $850 billion. That ALONE would pretty much cover your trillion dollar increase.

Of course, Congress took the Single Payer option that would make these savings possible "off the table" because...well, I don't remember hearing a reason. But it had to a good one since it's worth 850 Billion.

Maybe the Republicans will articulate why us citizens do not deserve Single Payer in this conference.

Posted by: shadowmagician | February 12, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

It's a half-day conference. We know it's not a genuine offer to look at the bill or to consider alternate proposals. The Democrats spent most of a year and several billion dollars in bribes just to come to agreement among themselves.

Posted by: rpatoh | February 12, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Talk all you want. Listen to your hearts desire. Explore options. But do not/not trust the word of Barack Obama. The truth is not in him.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | February 12, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

..."Republicans want health care reform bill dead! Republicans have no intention of insuring 32 Million America's who are without health insurance in the richiest country in the world! Insurance companies, others doing all they can to kill Health Care Reform, and American's doing all they can to help them by electing more Republicans who oppose them as well for getting Health Care, that's how stupid Independent Votes really are.

...No wonder Independents are sitting on the fence, they want to have it both ways, and you can't!

Posted by: ztcb41 | February 12, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Folks, here's the problem: Thanks to no drug reimportation and anti-trust exemptions, health industry interests are flush with cash, and spreading it around.
Public campaign finance records tell us that the Obama campaign alone received $20 million in health industry support. And the Repubs? Well, let's just say that health industry lobbyists like to cover their bets, so assume the same.
So, with both parties beholding to industry interests, what can we expect? Well, the smart party will realize that people elect politicians, not lobbyists. They'll then kick the lobbyists to the curb, and stand by our side.
A dream? Perhaps, but that's what democracy is all about.

Posted by: mtpeaks | February 12, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Broken insurance... Thought it was healthcare reform... What the leaders of our ruling party don't get their ideas are also broken....Not sure what the answer is .. bet it doesn't come out of this... Dems gave away the treasury the last time they worked on healthcare reform...

Posted by: robinhood2 | February 12, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

A trillion dollars in national debt is a colossal contraption. Let us throw this Gordion's knot into the bushes. It will bite you more than feed you. I tell you. Voice of pure reason.

Posted by: mdsubramonia | February 12, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The GOP doesn't have the BALLS to show up and show the American People that they are actually NOT serving the American People but the large companies who want to force lower wages and astronomical healthcare costs on citizens.

The GOP will pull a PALIN and decide not to show up for WORK on the 25th so "they can serve the whole of America" which means they could give a crapola about their constituents.

By the way -- HOW MANY OF YOU are getting SUBSIDIZED FEMA FLOOD INSURANCE, and use other GOVERMENT RUN PROGRAMS.
What would you do if you DID NOT HAVE MY tax dollars to rebuild you silly little house on the beach in hurricane alley?

You would whine again.

Rag rag rag, biatch biatch biatch,,,, that is all the RETHUGS have

Posted by: kare1 | February 12, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

To solve the vexing question of "insurance reform," one need only to flip the construction to read "reform insurance."
No need for the individual mandate, cutting Medicare, and all those deals.
Just stop the insurance abuse. It's quite simple, and very attractive to this voter.

Posted by: mtpeaks | February 12, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm with the GOP - start over again from scratch.

Then put the single payer public option back on the table . . . AND LEAVE IT THERE!

Posted by: palmtree2001 | February 12, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Strange...........Obama and his close pals in our corrupt free left-wing press "continue" to push this dead issue:

"Thursday, February 11, 2010

President Obama this week called for a televised bipartisan summit to get his health care reform plan back on track, but 61% of U.S. voters say Congress should scrap that plan and start all over again.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds just 28% who think it is better to build on the health care plan that has been working its way through the House and Senate.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) now approve of that plan, while 58% disapprove. 39% is the lowest rating to date"

........Something tells We The People that our government/Democrats still aren't listening.

........And something tells We The People that liberal/progressive political outlets like the Washington POST are still in the tank for Obama...........

......Not good Dems.......Not good free left-wing press...........

See you in November.......

Posted by: allenridge | February 12, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Question: Is it a trap? Of course, and cleverly laid.
Republican leadership options? Current polling suggests that just saying no is not enough. So you've got to show, and have a viable plan in hand.
And the plan? Start by remembering that the administration narrowed the focus to "insurance reform." Propose that just like the credit card companies, the insurers need to be reined in...without anything in return.

Posted by: mtpeaks | February 12, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

whatever happened to "America, home of the free and land of the brave"?

for Republicans, "It's a trap!" Waaaaahhh! We're taking our ball and going home! WAAAAHHH!

What a bunch of paranoid little spineless babies. Watch tis hysterical clip, as The Daily Show tears them a new one:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-11-2010/the-apparent-trap

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 12, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

What a disaster for the Republicans if they actually boycott this necessary meeting. Americans already blame them for the partisanship taking over Washington.

There is no good reason - other than partisanship - for any Republican not to attend this important discussion. I thought the GOP loved C-SPAN cameras?

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 12, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

The Republican health care reform bill was not even allowed to be debated in the Senate.

Meanwhile Harry the horse's asp Reid who is now 10 points behind in his re-election bid, put the finishing touches on the Obamacare tax and pork bill behind closed doors, no Republicans allowed.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 12, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The Republican health care reform bill was not even allowed to be debated in the Senate.

Meanwhile Harry the horse's asp Reid who is now 10 points behind in his re-election bid, put the finishing touches on the Obamacare tax and pork bill behind closed doors, no Republicans allowed.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 12, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Barry the incompetent boob Obama makes a show of fake bipartisanship. Meanwhile a bipartisan jobs bill in Congress is killed by Harry the horse's asp Reid.

Democrat bipartisanship = "do it our way"

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 12, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

watch the Republicans cut and run because they have no new ideas, and nothing to offer- they just want to whine and complain and try to stir up fear in the rubes

here's a hysterical Daily Show segment on their latest "reason" for not participating in government... "It might be a 'trap'!" I kid you not, that is all they could come up with. Seriously:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-11-2010/the-apparent-trap

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 12, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Put up or shut up time for the republicans.

Posted by: onifadee | February 12, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and it's time to put the tax supported national health care back on the table since the previous compromise was over compromised anyway making it an attempt to please everyone.
Then we could tax the corporations that impact our health with their products and production processes. Then we could eliminate the fees for lobbyists and campaign contributions that are weighing out entire economy down and the excessive profits and CEO bonuses and salaries that are making the product too expensive and dragging our economy down. The we could get rid of alot of the lawyers and lawsuits used to try and get out of coverage or figure out who to blame things on.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | February 12, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have an opportunity to present their health care reform package and explain why their ideas are better. They have an opportunity to get many of their ideas adopted-

And it's a trap.

Trapping them in front of cameras and microphones.

They shouldn't even so up, they all ready know the rest of America likes their plan better.

It's a trap, Obama is going to make it seem like our ideas don't count, That's unfair.

We will promote ideas when were good and ready, in the time and place of our choosing.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | February 12, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

BO made it clear in a comment earlier this week that he would consider anything that furthered the agenda included in the house and senate bills already done. He was not interested in wasting all the time invested to date on new things.

So we can talk about anything as long as it is the claptrap people have alredy made it clear they DO NOT WANT.

Hmm-- sounds like a real opportunity to me -- LOL.

Don't take the bait. This is like the gay guy taking a girl to the high school dance -- we all know better.

BO is fooling only himself.

Posted by: jimbob3 | February 12, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: To great fanfare Mr. Obama will announce that the Nebraska deal has been removed, thus the reform has been reformed.
Reaction: That was just the icing on the cake. Forcing Americans to buy insurance from already-bloated insurers is wrong.
Reality for Middle Class: Enjoy the crumbs, and pick up the tab.

Posted by: mtpeaks | February 12, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

catmomtx;i believe most americans would agree with you .at least most of the literates.

Posted by: donaldtucker | February 12, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

enough of this bible talk.does not belong in politics.not sure i believe in all the thee and thou but do have of fondness for the begats.

Posted by: donaldtucker | February 12, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ProCounsel | February 12, 2010 6:24 PM

Republicans-do NOT go to the Obama “summit” on Feb 25
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See, it's because of people like you that we have such a divided country.

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after ALL of America has expressed CONTEMPT for obamacare--even in massachusetts

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

How the heck do you know what ALL Americans think? Quite a few Americans think people like you are just plain greedy, hateful and selfish. Don't dare speak for ALL Americans. A lot of Americans think it is absolutely stupid for people to act the way they have been doing over freaking health care for goodness sakes. See, people like you need to get over yourself.

The majority of Americans voted for Barack Hussein Obama and they want to see him do the job he was elected to do. The majority of Americans wish you haters would just take a chill pill and get a grip. Better yet just shut up but at least stop saying that ALL of America agrees with the likes of you.

Posted by: catmomtx | February 12, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

For a moment, let's consider the health of our athletes and write to NBC or the IOC directly and demand that they Pad Those Poles- the steel poles surrounding the luge track- what a tragedy......
I just did.

Posted by: thecannula | February 12, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

"Extend coverage to millions of Amercans," the WH letter said. That's dem-speak for forcing already financially-stressed Americans to sign-up or go to jail.
It also means that the backroom deal still stands with Big Pharma and the health insurers. That deal ensures record profits from forced enrollments in exchange for industry curbing their immoral practices. As opposed to just stopping their abuses.
As far as I can tell, nothing has changed.

Posted by: mtpeaks | February 12, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

obama's invitation to republicans to the obamacare summit

is like the rattlesnake that needed to cross the river in freezing weather

the snake asked the foolish man if he could cross with him in the boat

the man said no--you will bite and kill me

oh no said the snake,then how would i get across the river

that made sense to the foolish man

who put the snake under his coat and crossed the river

halfway across the river the snake bit the man

as the man was dying, he began to cut off the snakes head and asked

"why did you do this?now we will both die"

"you knew what i was," hissed the snake

Posted by: ProCounsel | February 12, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Republicans-do NOT go to the Obama “summit” on Feb 25

if you do, you are implicitly accepting the premise that obamacare should be saved

after ALL of America has expressed CONTEMPT for obamacare--even in massachusetts

we understand that you wish to express respect for the OFFICE of the President–even though obama personally is worthy of utter contempt

but obama has routinely publicly TRASHED all presidential decorum–on tv--and YOU are a witness

see, YOU saw and heard obama TRASH the supreme court at YOUR House in Congress at the State of the Union speech–a historical violation of all presidential decorum

so what lies distortions and rants do you think obama will perform at the white house while YOU are there???

and the tv cameras roll.............

obama– deceitful, dishonorable and delusional

Posted by: ProCounsel | February 12, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Summit–
will Republicans be trapped by Joshua’s snare?

In the Bible, Joshua, a leader of Israel who succeeded Moses, was repeatedly victorious against Israel’s enemies in battle. Indeed his enemies recognized Joshua could not be defeated in battle, so they attacked him successfully with a deceptive peace offer. Joshua was defeated by a deceitful, deceptive
peace offer. The reason? The Bible records he did NOT “inquire of the Lord”.

Joshua 9:14

14 The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. 15 Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.

The Republicans have successfully defeated obamacare in direct battle. And as with Joshua, this was with the protection and guidance of Divine providence. Team obama knows it can not win a direct conflict, so now deceptive “peace” offers of bipartisanship.

Current Republicans should NOT fall for this “summit” trap as they have Joshua’s example.

And YOU have seen with their OWN eyes obama TRASH the Supreme Court in their OWN House–the House of Congress. If Obama tells blatant lies on tv in YOUR house-- what deceitful, dishonorable and delusional attacks does obama have in store at HIS house–the White House?

Posted by: ProCounsel | February 12, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

It is also reported that the Democrats will have a "reconcile" bill in hand when they walk into the room. In other words, do what they want (bipartisan) or they will do what they want.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | February 12, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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