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!
Pray for America’s Freedom
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.