Thursday, February 18, 2010

Calling Boehner Cantor et al...

Remember that demand from the House Republican leadership that the White House put up a health care plan for all to see 72 hours in advance of the health care summit?  Er....
WASHINGTON  [AP]— The White House and congressional leaders are preparing a detailed health care proposal designed to win passage without Republican support if GOP lawmakers fail to embrace bipartisan compromises at President Barack Obama's summit next week.

A senior White House official said Thursday that Democratic negotiators are resolving final differences in House and Senate health bills that passed last year with virtually no Republican help. The White House plans to post the proposals online by Monday morning, three days ahead of the Feb. 25 summit, which GOP leaders are approaching warily
I have struggled, here here and here, with my own tendency to see a coherent strategy in Obama's apparent dithering on health care since the Jan. 19 debacle in Massachusetts.  The wish may be father to the thought. Still, I am holding my breath. The pieces may be clicking into place. The summit certainly has Obama's signature on it.

P.S. I cannot wait to hear Obama answer this:
But Cantor has now made it official: He’s in. “He plans to ask the President why he hasn’t listened to the American people, who have rejected the approach that the President, the Speaker, and Leader Reid have taken,” Dayspring said, adding that Cantor will also “discuss Republican ideas that lower health care costs, which the CBO has confirmed.”

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