I can tell you right now, having seen what came out of Obama’s health care summit, none of it was good news or good publicity for Democrats. They looked irritated that they were even dragged into the room and had to sit listening to their failures read back to them by Republican lawmakers. President Obama looked like he was on trial before a committee having aides whisper answers in his ear before he responds.
The entire summit occurred in the shadow of the 2,400 page bill, printed and stacked nearly a foot high so Republicans could point it out for the cameras. President Obama called it a “prop” and stated that health care is complex so of course it will be a big bill. No kidding, we’re at nearly a trillion dollar price tag already and we can’t afford this socialist road.
Report from TownHall.com:
Giving no ground, President Barack Obama and Republican leaders fought forcefully for their competing visions of historic health care reform Thursday in an exhausting, often-testy live-on-TV debate. Far from any accord, Obama signaled the Democrats were prepared to push ahead for an all-or-nothing congressional vote.
The marathon, 7 1/2-hour session did reveal narrow areas of agreement on the topic that has vexed Congress for months and defied U.S. leaders for decades. But larger ideological differences overwhelmed any common ideas, all but cementing the widely held view that a meaningful bipartisan health care bill is not possible as time grows short in this election year.
Obama rejected Republican preferences for starting over, discussing the issue much longer or dealing with it in a limited, step-by-step fashion.
“We cannot have another yearlong debate about this,” Obama declared. “I’m not sure we can bridge the gap.”
Party officials said March is probably the last chance to act.
The bottom line is that Obama and his Democrat cronies have signaled they are willing to completely disregard what the voters want (as portrayed by anti-Obamacare votes in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts) and pass some form of socialized health care anyway. That is the real change Obama spoke of, hearing what constituents want and then specifically doing the exact opposite because you’re elitist and think you know better.
Here are a few video highlights:
Despite this facade of a “summit” where President Obama and the Democrats pretend to care about how badly their health care bill will wreck the country, behind they scenes they are preparing to force it through the Senate with 51 votes:
After a brief period of consultation following the White House health reform summit, congressional Democrats plan to begin making the case next week for a massive, Democrats-only health care plan, party strategists told POLITICO.
A Democratic official said the six-hour summit was expected to “give a face to gridlock, in the form of House and Senate Republicans.”
Democrats plan to begin rhetorical, and perhaps legislative, steps toward the Democrats-only, or reconciliation, process early next week, the strategists said.
After the summit, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid planned to take the temperature of their caucuses.
“The point [of the summit] is to alter the political atmospherics, and it will take a day or two to sense if it succeeded,” the official said.
Of course, the Democrats would never do something they criticized President Bush for now would they?
There has been talk of the “nuclear” option of reconciliation meaning the Senate could use arcane procedures to pass Obamacare with 51 votes. Obama used to be against this as a measure of preserving our constitutional government but he now supports destroying the constitution, apparantly:
Stunning what recorded video will do in a few short years when you reverse positions when politically expedient.
All-in-all, a bad day for Obamacare as Republican after Republican lined up for the cameras to read excerpts from the bill to illustrate how bad it really is. President Obama squirmed and lied his way around the accusations deflecting criticism by not answering anything.
This was a huge score for the American people who got to see the Republicans as offering an alternative
GOP Congressman Paul Ryan tells it like it is:
Amen to that Rep. Ryan.