Thursday, February 25, 2010

Health Care Summit [Update 1]

Like millions of other Americans, I am glued to the television this morning listening to the Health Care Summit. I thought that Lamar Alexander had the best opening speech of all of the leaders there, so far. Unfortunately, his most important request was ignored by Obama. He asked Obama to state, right here and now, that the "nuclear option" is off the table. Obama did not answer that question. Perhaps he will at the end of the summit? Who knows.

Even one of their own (meaning, the Democrats) is urging Congress not to do the reconciliation (a.k.a. the "nuclear") option.

Fox News: Doug Schoen - The Reconciliation Option -- Don't Do It Democrats

Schoen's Conclusion:

So long as President Obama gives up the threat of reconciliation, he still has a chance of passing reform and helping his Party hold on to both chambers of Congress. The White House Summit is a great opportunity to start this discussion. Americans want Washington to act on health care. They just don't want a partisan bill.

The talking points brought up by other Republicans were really good and informative, too. The argument over what the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) actually said about the real costs of the bill passed by the Senate will be is still being bantered about between the two parties during the Summit. Obama wanted to "table" that particular argument, claiming that he was right and the Republican leaders, who quoted from the actual CBO paper, are wrong.

Fox News has live coverage of the event both on T.V. and online.

The following are some blogs that you might want to visit:

Gateway Pundit
Reid Tells BIPARTISAN Summit – It’s OK to Pass Obamacare Without the GOP - Nice bipartisanship, Harry! Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told attendees today at the bipartisan health care summit that it’s OK to pass Obamacare with...
5 hours ago

Pelosi: Obamacare Is About Jobs (Video)
posted by Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit - 21 minutes ago
Oh brother… Pelosi tells the Blair House Project this morning that Obamacare is really about jobs. Of course it is. Via Breitbart TV Speaker Pelosi said Obamacare will create 400,000 jobs immediately. If t...

Live Blogging The “Blair House Project”
posted by nicedeb at Nice Deb - 1 hour ago
The Obama Health Care Summit, or as Congressman Pete Sessions called it yesterday, “The Blair House Project” has just begun. Chris Dodd set the tone for the meeting, yesterday, making this charming quote a...

Live Blogging Health Care Summit
posted by (Maggie Thornton) at Maggie's Notebook - 2 hours ago
AI'll be live blogging the health care summit off and on today. Less than two minutes into President Obama's opening remarks, he told the story he has told everytime he talks about health care: I take abou...

Live Health Care Bi-Partisan Pretendathon From the Blair House (Video Link)
posted by Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit - 2 hours ago
(This post was updated and bumped- more recent postings below) The Blair House Project Live—- President Obama hosts members of Congress at the Blair House today in an effort to reach a compromise ram his h...

Whoa! CNN Poll: Only 25% Want Dems to Pass Their Nationalized Health Care Bill
posted by Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit - 3 hours ago
And, this comes from CNN? Only 25% of Americans want the big spending democrats to pass their nationalized health care bill. CNN reported: Although the overall health care reform bills passed by the House ...

The Obama Watch
The Blair House Witch Project - The middle distance between truth and error is still error, but Barack Obama can't even get there. He is the self-appointed custodian of "common ground" ...
6 hours ago

Daily Thought Pad
Video Flashback: Dems Howl with Rage Over Nuclear Option
17 hours ago

Hat Tips to all links.


Some new links:

ABC News To Obama - You Lie! - Earlier today during the so called healthcare summit there was a back and forth between the TOTUS and Sen Lamar Alexander on whether health insurance premium...
5 minutes ago

Nice Deb
Video: Fireworks Between McCain and Obama During Health Care Summit - After McCain spends time complaining about the process, a petulant Obama alludes to “talking points” (everything Repubs say is a “talking point”), and tell...
1 hour ago

Expose Obama
Obama’s Healthcare Summit… Watching the Clock - Republicans are watching the clock closely as Democrats have talked for nearly twice as long as they have so far this morning. Before Democratic Rep. Jim C...
1 hour ago


Maggie Thornton said...

Thanks for the link Christine. Really, really appreciate it. You have a good round up here. I'm off to visit.

I also thought Lamar Alexander did a great job. I hope Americans get it that Obama believes they are not interested in Senate procedures, and they think a majority vote is all that's necessary.

Perhaps he'll figure out out we are not all dim when it comes time to go to the polls.

Christinewjc said...

You are most welcome, Maggie!

The look on Obama's face when Alexander was speaking was priceless. Obama's attitude, written all over his face, was a combination of arrogance, being perturbed because Lamar was making a LOT of sense, and anger that he (Obama) was respectfully made to look like a fool! All the Dems looked like fools for trying to pass off a massive bill that AMERICANS DO NOT WANT!!

Frank Luntz's focus group on Hannity tonight was amazing. Very informed people (half Dems, half Repubs) who DIDN'T LIKE what the Dems were trying to push through without the consent of WE THE PEOPLE.

Only two thought that the nuclear option should be considered. It goes to show that Obama & his cohorts are clearly out of touch with voters!

Maggie Thornton said...

I saw the Luntz group tonight. Yes, very, very interesting. Thankfully, we saw some common sense, rather than raw adoration for the Won.