>>GOP cool to Obama call for two-party health talks
Posted February 8, 2010on:
I called Obama’s remarks regarding seeing what the Republicans have to say ingenious since they have had bills in committees and being ignored by democrat committee chairmen since last summer. if the president doesn’t know what the republican bills are all about it is not because they have been hidden since they have been all over the Internet and are certainly available to the President if they are available to me.
So considering all that is happening it is no wonder the Republicans can not take him seriously. but the MSM would have you believe the kool aid that the Republicans have nothing to say and have put nothing forward and are the party of NO!. It is only reasonable that if there is to be a discussion of the health bill then they should start fresh with each side giving their best ideas and then all discussing them on TV as announced. Of course I do agree that the Democrats would have a difficult time condensing 2000 pages of their bill while the Republican’s less that 200 page bill , and has been, easily summed up.
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I have given the outlines to the Republican bills already filed in committee and given a number but not attention by the Democrats.
This is what is being said today by both parties:
The House and Senate GOP leaders said Obama and his fellow Democrats must shelve their long-debated health care bill, which was on the verge of becoming law until Republican Scott Brown won a special Senate election in Massachusetts last month. The White House says Obama has no plans to do so but is willing to hear Republicans’ ideas.
Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Monday that the first question for Obama should be: “Did you lie about moving forward on malpractice reform?” He was alluding to the president’s earlier remarks about possibly curbing malpractice lawsuits, which is not included in the health bills passed separately by House and Senate Democrats in December.
In the first major move to jump-start his health care agenda after his party’s loss of a filibuster-proof Senate majority, Obama on Sunday invited GOP and Democratic leaders to discuss possible compromises in a half-day, televised gathering on Feb. 25.
It comes amid widespread complaints that Democrats’ efforts so far have been too partisan and secretive.
The meeting’s prospects for success are far from clear. GOP leaders insisted on starting from scratch. But many Democrats want to use their party’s remaining parliamentary muscle to enact their plans with as few changes as possible.
“If we are to reach a bipartisan consensus, the White House can start by shelving the current health spending bill,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said his earlier efforts to reach out to Republicans “did not result in any serious follow through to work together in a bipartisan fashion.”
Obama told CBS’s Katie Couric that he and the leaders of both parties will “go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward.”
Asked if he was willing to start from square one, the president said he wants “to look at the Republican ideas that are out there.”
“If we can go step by step through a series of these issues and arrive at some agreements,” Obama said, “then procedurally, there’s no reason why we can’t do it a lot faster than the process took last year.”
Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress have differed sharply on most major questions in the long-running health care debate. Only one Republican voted for the health care bill that the House approved in November, and no Republicans voted for a similar Senate version.