Blair House Meeting: A Summit or Nadir for White House on Health Care?
Reneging on his campaign pledge to reduce individual premiums by $2500, President Obama conceded his health care bill would actually raise the rate by $2100
by Impact Wire Friday, February 26, 2010
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Not surprisingly, no bipartisan agreement was reached during yesterday’s seven-hour Blair House health care summit. Before adjourning, President Obama issued an ultimatum to Republicans: “The question that I’m going to ask myself and that I ask of all of you is, is there enough serious effort that in a month’s time or a few weeks’ time or six weeks’ time, we could actually resolve something? If we can’t, I think we’ve got to go ahead and make some decisions and I think that’s what elections are for.” He went on to say that his party does not need Republican support to move forward. “Procedurally, it could get done fairly quickly. We cannot have another yearlong debate about this,” said the president.
“The Massachusetts election brought President Obama and the Democrats to their knees in the health care fight, causing Obama to yell ‘uncle’ in his State of the Union address. Now, he’s back to his bullying tactics pretending the town hall meetings, tea parties, rallies, emails, phone calls and the Scott Brown miracle never happened,” said Nancy Pfotenhauer, spokesperson for Patients First, A Project of Americans for Prosperity. “There’s much more on the line than just a drop in approval ratings this November. If the president continues to threaten to cram government-run health care down people’s throats, he and his party will be begging for mercy at the ballot box.”
Reneging on his campaign pledge to reduce individual premiums by $2500, President Obama conceded his health care bill would actually raise the rate by $2100. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) summed up the Republicans’ primary concern with the Democrats’ bill during yesterday’s summit: “We just can’t afford this bill.”
“The Republicans demonstrated yesterday they are not the ‘party of no.’ They came to the table yesterday not only with a pocketful of ideas that the American people strongly support, but with a passion for moving forward to implement those ideas,” said Pfotenhauer. “Unfortunately, the president forgot he’s the duly elected leader of this great nation and acted more like a moderator, disengaged from the important conversation at hand. This was not a summit for Obama on health care but a nadir.”
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