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Winners and Losers of the Health Care Summit

Obama, Coburn looked good, Reid and McCain looked bad

(Newser) - Neither side came away with what it wanted after yesterday’s bipartisan health care summit, but there were plenty of winners and losers. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post breaks it down: More »

Health Summit Bares Hopeless Chasm

Compromise looking more distant than ever

(Newser) - President Obama's health care summit left pundits from across the spectrum feeling more pessimistic than ever about the chances of crafting a bipartisan agreement on reform.
  • "It was a talking-point festival," writes Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal. The Republicans put forth seemingly unconnected statements, and the
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Obama Spoke 119 Minutes, Dems 114, GOP 110 at Summit

That's a 233-110 advantage, if you're keeping track

(Newser) - While the winners and losers of today’s Washington health summit depend on your angle of view, there’s no debate about who used the most oxygen: President Obama, with 119 minutes on the microphone. (OK, perhaps there will be some debate on this, since it’s the Republicans’ “... More »

Obama Asks GOP for 'Soul Searching,' Won't Start Over

Neither side budges much in daylong debate

(Newser) - After a day of debate and disagreement, President Obama concluded today's unprecedented live talkfest on health care with the bleak assessment that accord between Democrats and Republicans may not be possible. He rejected Republican preferences for starting over, discussing the issue much longer, or taking a step-by-step solution. The president... More »

Frustration Mounts at Health Care Summit

President slams Cantor for using 'props'

(Newser) - Barack Obama began the day by expressing hope “that this discussion is actually a discussion and not just us trading talking points.” But by the time Republicans and Democrats broke for lunch, the sides didn’t look any closer to compromise. “In spite of the many hours... More »

McCain Slams Obama for Backroom Deals

Obama doesn't want to focus on process

(Newser) - When John McCain finally got a chance to speak at the health care summit today, he let Barack Obama have it, slamming him for crafting the legislation with backroom deals. In particular, he hit on the deal the White House struck with Big Pharma, in which Obama promised to block... More »

Obama, GOP Spar Cheerfully on Health Care

Obama urges cooperation, Republicans want bill thrown out

(Newser) - President Obama kicked off his bipartisan health care reform summit at the Blair House this morning by urging lawmakers to focus on the areas where they agree. “I think this concern is bipartisan,” he said, but during the fall debate on the bill, “politics, I think, ended... More »

Obama Crafts Scaled-Down Health Care Plan B

Fallback measure would cover 15M uninsured

(Newser) - The White House has a less ambitious health care plan waiting in the wings if today's health care summit fails to win enough support for sweeping change. The scaled-back plan would provide health insurance to some 15 million Americans, about half the number the larger bill would cover, for a... More »

GOP Needs to Say 'You Lie' at Obama Health Summit

Not challenging president will turn summit into PR exercise

(Newser) - Congressional Republicans should be a little more respectful than Joe Wilson but they shouldn't shy away from correcting the president if he makes false statements at today's health care summit, writes Karl Rove. It's only by turning the summit into a debate and challenging the president on his claims about... More »

Who Obama Will Really Be Talking To Tomorrow

GOP only one of many audience he'll have to convince at summit

(Newser) - Barack Obama will technically be speaking with congressional leaders at tomorrow’s much-hyped health care summit, but in reality, he’s going to be pitching his message to a variety of audiences far beyond the Blair House. Ben Smith of Politico breaks down his targets:
  • House Democrats: Nancy Pelosi’s
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Obama Goes Big With Health Care Proposal

White House thinks not passing major reform will hurt in November

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s $950 billion health care proposal yesterday defied expectations that he would scale back his ambitions now that Republicans have the votes to filibuster the bill in the Senate. The White House braintrust has decided to go big one last time, believing that there’s still a small... More »

Schwarzenegger Backs Obama on Health Care, Stimulus

Dismisses GOP demands to start from scratch as 'bogus talk'

(Newser) - Arnold Schwarzenegger had a private chat with Barack Obama yesterday, following a National Governors Association meeting at the White House, and crossed party lines to back the president for the second time in as many days. He applauded Obama for bringing Republicans into the health care discussion, and chided Republicans... More »

Obama Unveils $950B Health Care Bill

Merged proposal mostly follows Senate outline

(Newser) - Barack Obama today revealed the health care proposal he’ll be taking into bipartisan meetings this week, a $950 billion bill that hews closer to the Senate’s model than the House’s. The plan seeks to resolve some of the contentious issues between the two bills, cutting, for example,... More »

White House Details Health Summit

Republicans still suspicious of Feb. 25 gathering

(Newser) - The White House today sent out invitations for its Feb. 25 health-reform summit, detailed the format for the televised proceedings, and said it would post its own proposal online ahead of time. The leaders of both parties in the House and Senate are on the list, and tasked with choosing... More »

GOP Threatens to Sit Out Obama Health Care Summit

Boehner, Cantor demand Democrats scrap old bill

(Newser) - The House’s Republican leaders are poo-pooing President Obama’s bipartisan health care summit next week, saying they won’t participate unless Democrats agree to scrap their current bill and start over. “If the starting point for this meeting is the job-killing bills the American people have already soundly... More »

GOP to Push Gradual, Market-Based Health Reform

Party will offer clear alternatives at summit with Obama

(Newser) - Congressional Republicans will likely bring a well-developed alternative road map to health care reform to their summit with President Obama, based on an examination of past actions. The GOP favors a far more market-oriented and less comprehensive approach to reform, according to a New York Times analysis of bills the... More »

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