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GOP responds to Obama's Health Care Summit invite: No Thanks?
Washington Examiner ^ | 02/13/10 10:36 PM EST | By: Susan Ferrechio

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.


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KEYWORDS: 111th; aelshaft; axelgreasy; axelscrewamerica; axelscum; bhohealthcare; boehner; deathcare; gophealthcare; healthcaresummit; nothanks; nothealthcare; obama; obamacare
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Just say NO, and forget the "thanks."
1 posted on 02/14/2010 6:32:28 AM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

Is this from the GOP? They’re actually standing up to this thug, good fo Boehner and the boys!

Pray for America’s Freedom


2 posted on 02/14/2010 6:34:54 AM PST by bray (Throw All the Bums Out, starting with McCain)
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To: onyx

About time the GOP grew a pair!


3 posted on 02/14/2010 6:35:58 AM PST by lcurto681 (May God have mercy on this country)
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To: onyx
OMG!

The republicans have a backbone!!!!

4 posted on 02/14/2010 6:37:11 AM PST by TYVets (Let's Roll!!! The leadership of the GOP has no spine and no guts, but we conservatives do)
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To: onyx
Mouse-trap Humor Pictures, Images and Photos

It's another trap, will the Pubs fall for it?

5 posted on 02/14/2010 6:37:21 AM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: onyx

Looks like Boehner was listening to Rush last week.


6 posted on 02/14/2010 6:38:17 AM PST by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: onyx

Way to go Boehner. And so much for the idea that there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the parties.


7 posted on 02/14/2010 6:38:59 AM PST by Tribune7 (Only stupid, racists people support Obama.)
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To: onyx

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)


8 posted on 02/14/2010 6:41:05 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: onyx

Does this mean they definitely aren’t going?


9 posted on 02/14/2010 6:42:52 AM PST by tirednvirginia
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To: bray

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.


10 posted on 02/14/2010 6:43:28 AM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: onyx

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.


11 posted on 02/14/2010 6:45:50 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: onyx
Come on, you perpetual "boo-birds" and whine about how this really doesn't mean anything and that the Republicans are going to fail, anyway!

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!

12 posted on 02/14/2010 6:45:52 AM PST by Redleg Duke
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To: onyx

Kudos to the pubbies current backbone.

Credit where credit is due BUMP!


13 posted on 02/14/2010 6:46:50 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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To: tirednvirginia
Does this mean they definitely aren’t going?

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.

14 posted on 02/14/2010 6:47:55 AM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: onyx; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2448754/posts


15 posted on 02/14/2010 6:49:41 AM PST by raptor22 (The truth will set us free)
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To: tirednvirginia

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.


16 posted on 02/14/2010 6:50:17 AM PST by PoplarBluffian
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To: paulycy

About time they can proudly be “the party of NO.” Just hope it sticks.


17 posted on 02/14/2010 6:50:30 AM PST by adc (Rush '12All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently oppos)
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To: bray; MamaDearest; RobinMasters; Candor7; null and void; GOPsterinMA; 70th Division; ...

OMG, did these guys “finally” find their spine, guts, and, of all things, their gonads?


18 posted on 02/14/2010 6:51:12 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: onyx

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”

http://www.house.gov/ryan/

Having scores of Republicans raising hands to shout out questions doesnt look good.


19 posted on 02/14/2010 6:51:14 AM PST by sickoflibs (( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid"))
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To: onyx
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.

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.

20 posted on 02/14/2010 6:51:36 AM PST by PGalt
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To: missnry

ROFL


21 posted on 02/14/2010 6:52:13 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Islam is incompatible with American traditions and values)
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To: TYVets

Who knew!!! (lol!)


22 posted on 02/14/2010 6:53:20 AM PST by nfldgirl (Tim Tebow=our real life (Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love...) Michael!)
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To: lcurto681; 70th Division; freekitty; MamaDearest; Candor7; rodguy911; Clintonfatigued; ...

No doubt they’ve temporarily discovered their gonads. Once their Viagra wears off, all bets are off.


23 posted on 02/14/2010 6:54:42 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: onyx

Poke. In. Eye.


24 posted on 02/14/2010 6:54:49 AM PST by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: PoplarBluffian

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.


25 posted on 02/14/2010 6:56:01 AM PST by maine yankee
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To: onyx

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.


26 posted on 02/14/2010 6:56:59 AM PST by kenmcg (uicl)
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To: adc
Just hope it sticks.

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.

27 posted on 02/14/2010 6:57:35 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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To: onyx

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


28 posted on 02/14/2010 6:57:38 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

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.


29 posted on 02/14/2010 6:57:55 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: onyx

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.


30 posted on 02/14/2010 6:58:00 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: sickoflibs

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.


31 posted on 02/14/2010 6:59:12 AM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
When everybody was making a strategy for this meeting, the simple answer was no, we ain't playing that game. Where was the invite before we had 41 Sinaters?? Hey, Dumbo its a new day and we're taking our Country back!

41 men standing between Freedom and Tyranny.

Pray for America's Freedom

32 posted on 02/14/2010 6:59:26 AM PST by bray (Throw All the Bums Out, starting with McCain)
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To: PGalt

“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. “

Exactly.


33 posted on 02/14/2010 6:59:54 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: bray
I don't see "No" anywhere in this statement. Talk is cheap. We'll see what they do by the 25th.
34 posted on 02/14/2010 7:01:10 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: stephenjohnbanker

#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?


35 posted on 02/14/2010 7:01:11 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: maine yankee

I like that.

Clean slate and see who blinks.

If Obama doesn’t give in, leave the room.


36 posted on 02/14/2010 7:02:03 AM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: onyx

That was a great moment on that show. I am glad you told the entire story.


37 posted on 02/14/2010 7:02:10 AM PST by sickoflibs (( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid"))
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To: dennisw

It’s being held at the Blair House, but I understand your point.

It’s still Obama’s “setting.”


38 posted on 02/14/2010 7:03:24 AM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: onyx

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


39 posted on 02/14/2010 7:03:53 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: lcurto681

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.


40 posted on 02/14/2010 7:04:47 AM PST by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: 70th Division

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.


41 posted on 02/14/2010 7:05:42 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: bray

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.


42 posted on 02/14/2010 7:05:47 AM PST by silverleaf (My Proposed Federal Budget is $29.99)
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To: Maurice Tift

should read “with a demand”


43 posted on 02/14/2010 7:05:54 AM PST by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: lcurto681

dont count that pair until they sprout


44 posted on 02/14/2010 7:06:23 AM PST by silverleaf (My Proposed Federal Budget is $29.99)
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To: dennisw

Send Rush since he’s the head of the Party.

Pray for America’s Freedom


45 posted on 02/14/2010 7:07:06 AM PST by bray (Throw All the Bums Out, starting with McCain)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

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.


46 posted on 02/14/2010 7:07:31 AM PST by dools007
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To: stephenjohnbanker

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.


47 posted on 02/14/2010 7:07:33 AM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: PGalt

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.


48 posted on 02/14/2010 7:07:58 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: onyx

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.


49 posted on 02/14/2010 7:08:46 AM PST by susan_wv
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To: silverleaf

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.

Pray for America’s Freedom


50 posted on 02/14/2010 7:09:21 AM PST by bray (Throw All the Bums Out, starting with McCain)
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