Skip to comments.GOP responds to Obama's Health Care Summit invite: No Thanks?
Posted on 02/14/2010 6:32:28 AM PST by onyx
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued a statement late Saturday in response to President Obama's Friday invite to a bipartisan Health Care Summit at the White House.
Boehner and other Republican leaders are complaining that the event is simply political gamesmanship and that Obama is planning to have a health care deal finalized before anyone even sits down at the meeting, which is scheduled to take place on Feb. 25.
Here's Boehner's statement:
A productive bipartisan discussion should begin with a clean sheet of paper. We now know that instead of starting the 'bipartisan' health care 'summit' on Feb. 25 with a clean sheet of paper, the president and his party intend to arrive with a new bill written behind closed doors exclusively by Democrats -- a backroom deal that will transform one-sixth of our nation's economy and affect every family and small business in America. They will then engage a largely handpicked audience in a televised 'dialogue' according to a script they have largely pre-determined. They will do this as a precursor to embarking on a legislative course that Democratic congressional aides acknowledge has also been pre-determined -- a partisan course that relies on parliamentary tricks to circumvent the will of the American people and engineer a pre-determined outcome. It doesn't sound much like bipartisanship to me.
Is this from the GOP? They’re actually standing up to this thug, good fo Boehner and the boys!
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About time the GOP grew a pair!
The republicans have a backbone!!!!
Looks like Boehner was listening to Rush last week.
Way to go Boehner. And so much for the idea that there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the parties.
Great stuff...thanks for posting, always liked Boehner! Betcha the RINOs still show up to help with the conservative bashing theme (like LeMieux, Pelosi’s ‘bipartisan’ useful Haiti tool)
Does this mean they definitely aren’t going?
Thank goodness for Congressional aides, to explain astroturfing to the feckless Pubbies. Some bright young aide has probably studies Axelgreasy’s play book and is now whispering in a few ears.
The GOP has a clue what America wants. By lopsided margins it’s anathema to construct this socialist beast. Dickering over a scale here and a claw there is going to do no good.
A whole bunch of posts and not a single whine, yet!
Good for the Republicans, seeing "Ears" for what he is and shoving it back in his face!
Kudos to the pubbies current backbone.
Credit where credit is due BUMP!
I don't think it means that, do you?
I think Boehner is trying to demand that they start with a clean sheet of paper, whereas Obama is trying to pretend that the election in Massachusetts never happened.
They need to go & demand the clean slate, in person, on t.v. To not go would make it too easy for the dummies to spin & define us. They must go & define who we are & what we believe, face to face with our enemy. Well, that’s just my $.02.
About time they can proudly be “the party of NO.” Just hope it sticks.
OMG, did these guys “finally” find their spine, guts, and, of all things, their gonads?
Krauthammer had a brillant idea. Appoint a single republican who knows more than Obama to debate him one on one(equal footing) . He suggested Paul Ryan.
“He is the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, where he works to bring fiscal discipline and accountability to the federal government”
Having scores of Republicans raising hands to shout out questions doesnt look good.
What took you so long, John? This is the collective and these are the collectivists you're dealing with EVERY day. SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...OPM. Your entire time in office and NOW you might be getting a clue? Let's see how far you take this sentiment. This good statist/bad statist is getting very old. Why don't all of you resign and go back to your families...to people that may have some respect for you.
Who knew!!! (lol!)
No doubt they’ve temporarily discovered their gonads. Once their Viagra wears off, all bets are off.
Poke. In. Eye.
They should go.
Read the ‘clean sheet of paper’ statement.
See who blinks.
If Obama says anything other than ‘O K’, literally get up and leave the room.
Live on all three networks,cable, etc.
Let’s hope the Pubbies can stay united and tell our Marxist leader to shove it. Unfortunately, it would not be surprising to see a few Rinos capitualte.
Me, too. They ought to be getting enough support from the polls, us FReepers and others to realize that they are entirely on the right side of the argument and it make NO sense whatsoever to allow the left to have half a loaf of marxism.
Fight to win, pubbies. You know: we win, they lose?
Go for it.
You (Republicans) don’t agree to any health care summit at the White House where 0bongo controls the setting. The summit must be on neutral turf
If Republicans have any cojones they say — “With all due respect Mr. President we will not be summoned to the White House for your photo op but are willing to meet you and your party halfway in an uncharged neutral location”
A military base near DC would be a good neutral location. Lots of security can be easily cheaply set up
Biden is on the morning talk show lying his ass off. Remember Obama was against the Iraq war and against the surge and was going to pull out immediately. Lied on all three.
The GOP now has the clout to control the format, and can demand a clean slate here. If they relinquish this in any way, they will get slaughtered again.
We can all hope for the best.
Yes, Charles Krauthammer was stuck in traffic and he allowed the other panelists to answer the question about what the Republicans should do about the invite to the “Blair House” for the televised “healthcare summit” and when they each answered, Charles said “now I will give the correct answer, send only Paul Ryan,” and went onto explain that Paul Ryan is more knowledgeable than Obama and everyone else who will be in the room.
41 men standing between Freedom and Tyranny.
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“A productive bipartisan discussion should begin with a clean sheet of paper. We now know that instead of starting the ‘bipartisan’ health care ‘summit’ on Feb. 25 with a clean sheet of paper, the president and his party intend to arrive with a new bill written behind closed doors exclusively by Democrats — a backroom deal that will transform one-sixth of our nation’s economy and affect every family and small business in America. “
#28-— Summit must be at a neutral location. Not where king 0bongo summons the peasants to have an audience with him at his palace. Anyways who is playing there tonight? Earth Wind and Fire?
I like that.
Clean slate and see who blinks.
If Obama doesn’t give in, leave the room.
That was a great moment on that show. I am glad you told the entire story.
It’s being held at the Blair House, but I understand your point.
It’s still Obama’s “setting.”
I saw that and Kruathammer was very funny and had the correct approach. Have one man, Paul Ryan, represent the GOP instead of them all raising hands like school children to be called on by 0bongo
speaking of that... during WWII, German officers approached American lines a the demand that the American Commander surrender in 2 hours or face annihilation. The response was a letter written as follows:
To the German Commander: Nuts!
- The American Commander
Nuts, of course, meaning “nothing doin” or just “go to hell!”
The Germans thought it was some kind of code until the meaning was later clarified.
I propose a similar response.
These Liberal traitors still think the American people are clueless and believe their BS. We The People are taking care of business. Three states so far and more to come.
dont congratulate them until thery actually do something- like send only token reps to this show meeting.
Unfortunately I predict the “party of civility and collegiality” led by Juan McCain and Chinless McConnell, will repeat its mistake of January and go let themselves
(AND US) be lectured to about fixing the “mistakes” of the past decade - and more whining about what obama “inherited”
and then the GOP like sheep will politely applaud the entire charade and thank and praise obama for giving them an opportunity to participate in faux democracy.
should read “with a demand”
dont count that pair until they sprout
Send Rush since he’s the head of the Party.
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Ping and double ping. Been burned too many times to believe what RINOs say. I’ll delay my yippee to see what Boehner actually does.
You’re right. The Republicans have the clout and they have to demand a clean start. Obama wants to pretend the election in MA never took place, but the GOP can’t back down on their demand for a clean start. They have the public on their side and every democrat up for reelection is fully aware of that fact.
Why in the heck should ANY politician be motivated to work on YOUR behalf?
You are an ungrateful person, clueless as to how important it is to support our friends and punish our enemies.
When you punish EVERYONE?
It does not help the cause.
Way to go, Boehner. I saw that Obama did not really invite Republicans. He had a specific list of Senators and Congressman invited - included more Democrats than Republicans - and failed to include either of the Republican doctors in the Senate, the ones who really might have some knowledge about the delivery of health care and the challenges involved. What a farce! Anything with an individual mandate or even one additional government agency is a no starter for me.
We’ll see, all the FReeper negative nancys were saying there was no way Scott Brown could win either. They always meet every bit of good news w/buckets of cold water. Its a new day in America as the Tea Party rolls.
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