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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Political Theater Of The Health Care Summit

Obama wants the GOP to climb aboard his very own Titanic, named Obamacare, doomed to sink and the iceberg it has hit, is American opposition, the voters, who are opposed to the plans currently in the Senate and the House, by 52.9 percent to 38.1 percent.

The majority of Americans are against Obama and Democrats' Health Care Plan.

The GOP insists Obama start from scratch, scrap the current bills that the majority is against, start clean and start filling the blank page with things both sides, and the American people can agree on.

Doesn't sound unreasonable, yet Barack Obama, in a show of extreme arrogance has refused to scrap the House and Senate bills and wish to use them as the "starting point".

ABC News headlines with "Is Health Care Overhaul Doomed to Failure?"

Obama has invited Republicans and Democrats to a televised bipartisan meeting on health care on Feb. 25, but experts are skeptical about whether the open event will be any more than political theater and actually achieve any concrete results in bringing both sides together.

"It could either be a choreographed professional wrestling match or it could be another 'Kumbaya' meeting, and I think both would be totally useless," said Uwe Reinhardt, a professor of political economy at Princeton University. "It should be a frank exchange -- thoughtful, polite, but the way adults should talk to each other."

Obama said at a press conference "Bipartisanship can't be that I agree to all the things that they [Republicans] believe in or want, and they agree to none of the things I believe in and want, and that's the price of bipartisanship, but that's sometimes the way it gets presented."

Yet, the mirror image of that is what Obama has already stated by refusing to scrap the current bills and insisting the discussion start with plans jammed through a Democratic congress with no Republican support and the Senate's version which was full of backroom deals and bribes to get votes.

Note to Obama- Bipartisanship can't be that Republicans agree to all the things that Obama and Democrats believe in or want, and Obama and Democrats agree to none of the things Republicans and the majority of American people believe in and want, and that's the price of bipartisanship, but that's sometimes the way it gets presented.

Sen. Judd Gregg, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, has also been billed as another GOP leader who has shows signs of bipartisanship on the health care front. But the senator from New Hampshire is also calling for the administration and lawmakers to start from scratch.

"I say, let's step back, let's start with a blank sheet of paper. And let's start putting on that sheet of paper things we can agree about," Gregg said in an MSNBC interview Friday.

The bills in the House and Senate are the Democrats bills, the Democrats agenda, the Democrats language and came directly from the Democratic caucus and the Democrats have not been able to pass it.

Instead of mouthing off about wanting a "bipartisan" bill and putting on some elaborate political show, perhaps Obama should be the one insisting of starting from scratch and actually creating something that everyone could get behind.

Fat chance.