February 8th, 2010
04:10 PM ET
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White House official: Feb. 25 health care summit to be televised

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's bipartisan meeting on health care reform planned for February 25 will be broadcast live, a senior administration official said Monday.

Coverage details were not complete, but the official said the White House expected "the whole thing to be live."

The half-day meeting is an attempt by the Obama administration to rescue health care legislation, a top domestic priority for the president. Televising it also would help fulfill a campaign promise by Obama that health care negotiations would be broadcast live.

On Tuesday, Obama will meet with Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate for bipartisan talks that the president promised in his State of the Union address last month. Tuesday's meeting now will help prepare for the February 25 health care talks.

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  1. proud conservative

    lol, and it only tokk BO getting hammered to deliver his promise. I am glad he is doing this though, better late than never.

    February 8, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Kitchen Police

    Do you think the lizard brains will show up? Probably not, when it comes to solving problems they are unable to grasp the concepts and policies that would help the nation. Screaming, yelling, and hating are their bag.

    February 8, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Terry from West Texas

    If you watch this summit, pay careful attention to the language of Conservatives. They are for cutting costs but not for cutting any THING in particular – except waste, which they never define. They are for a "free market solution" to our health care problems which means ... what? Isn't that what we're doing NOW? Does that mean that they are OPPOSED to government solutions like Medicare? They are FOR jobs, but how are they going to create jobs? Remember, "free market solution" means that the government does NOTHING. That is what Conservatives are for: NOTHING.

    The naive hayseeds who swallow Conservative rhetoric never realize that Conservatives are for everything and against everything at the same time. They are never for anything specific, but they are "for" a better something for somebody somewhere sometime. What they are "against" is Obama. Obama sleeps too late and he goes to bed too early. He wears the wrong color of pajamas. He orders French toast instead of good old American toast. His proposals are simultaneously too strong and not strong enough. He doesn't part his hair on the right side.

    February 8, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Conservative Voice

    Good, then we can see for ourselves who is going to support the US Constitution by voting this down and who is going to violate their Oath of office and vote for it. Those who do vote for it should be impeached.

    February 8, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Phuq Ewe Tu

    There is nothing bipartisan when Republicans get involved. The majority of Americans did not vote for them or their dumb ass party. They want babies and children and the sickest elderly to die. They want collge grads to wash their cars. They can kiss our royal asses. Put them on a bus a drive it off of Niagra Falls. Then we will pass health care.

    In Alan Grayson's name,


    February 8, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Paul ~ Kitchener, Ontario - Canada

    This health care concern,, (problem for many), is one major issue for your government of the day.

    We in Canada are fortunate to have a "National Health Program" and it may have its faults, but, "All Canadians Get Health Care" regardless of status (rich or poor).

    America can't have 40 million citizens without health care, this is unforgiveable, and politicians be they Republican / Democrat or Independent, must come to a common base for the truly "Health Care of the Nation".

    An open televised form is great it lets the people see their leaders in action and can pass judgement on their agreement or disagreement of their actions at the "Election Polls".

    America has billions of dollars for pork barreling in all constituency's, so, come on Americans vote your feelings in all ridings across America.

    May God continue to bless Canada's best friend ~ the United States of America.

    February 8, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. Angus McDugan

    It is a shame that the Repbulicans have forced Obama to live up to his campaign promisses.


    February 8, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. D.U.T.C.H.

    It doesn't matter what happens at the summit, the republicans don't wan't health insurance reform. The democrats really need to grow a pair and do this without them. They had 8 years to pass some form of health insurance reform, yet they did nothing. Now when the issue is on the forefront, they act like it's a big concern of theirs. They all make me sick!!!

    February 8, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Brenadan H., San Antonio, TX

    This is good; now the GOP can give us the details on their health care plan and explain why it is superior to Obama's.

    Febraury 25 is only 17 days away, so the GOP better get on it. We all know they don't have a plan because the doctors, health care providers and pharmaceutical interests don't want one, and we all know who calls the GOP's shots on this, don't we?

    February 8, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. jules sand-perkins

    What a difference there has been in the President's policy toward inclusion of Republicans in health-care reform since the election of Senator Brown of Massachusetts!
    If the President's goal is to display Republicans as "without ideas," viewers will be wise to realize that an absence of ideas toward REFORM is not demonstrated by ideas that are not the same as the President's ideas.

    February 8, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Mark

    Ohh so after a year now he wants to put this on tv....sorry obamy you blew it.

    February 8, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. NYCitizen

    About time!!!

    Now, the democracts want to change fillibuster rules?? Didn't t he republicans try that when they had the majority? Come on! Fillibustering is part of how our democracy works, whether anyone likes it or not. Quite frankly, I am finding the behavior of the democrats in the administration to be more disturbing that the republiicans in George W's administration.

    February 8, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Ron in California

    It should make for good theater. Already, the effect of the inept approach to "health Insurance reform" is being felt. Here in California Athem Blue Cross announed a significant hike in premiums. I'm sure a defensive move since no one knows what the impacts will be except for higher taxes, more government regulation and ineptitude.

    February 8, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. sonny chapman

    The Repubs. want transparency, be careful for what you ask for, you might just get it !

    February 8, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Scott, Tucson

    Oh now obama wants the TV cameras in for the meeting, it would have been nice to have them while they were making the under the table deals to buy votes from their own democrats. Hope his teleprompters don't break down on him again.

    February 8, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Good! We'll get to actually see those who still seek to betray the clear intent of the American people of keeping the Federal government from sticking their long, intrusive, noses into the health care businesses.

    February 8, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Biased

    Is it going to be a real forum where there is a free exchange of ideas or is it going to be set up so Obama can use this broadcast time to grandstand against the republicans again? I hope he remembers that it was his own party that didn't pass his bill since they could have done so with no republicans even there for a vote. They had the ability and they blew it so you can't blame republicans for everything. Maybe he should know that independents are getting tired of the blame game.

    February 8, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Old Farmboy

    Must see, TV.

    February 8, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    I wonder if Michelle Bachman,and her owner,Wellpoint Health Systems,Inc based in her state,will be there to defend their right to deprive millions of American health insurance based on how fat they are or have previous conditions like bad DNA?

    February 8, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. james

    You mean Obomber's finally going to keep a campaign pledge after being a bald-faced liar for a year? Wow.

    February 8, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Four and The Door

    I look forward to seeing the Republican health care strategies finally getting some attention. What will be interesting is to see if the Democrats will try to justify their deals with the unions and other special interest groups that end up significantly increasing the cost of health care for the rest of us.

    February 8, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. bmw

    Good. Let's find out exactly why the Republicans support an exemption from anti-trust legislation for the health insurance industry. The neocons talk out of both sides of their mouths – publicly they're all about "free market" but behind closed doors they advance the interests of the rich and powerful - their campaign contributors.

    No wonder the big banks are sending money to the Republican party while the Democrats are trying to prevent more exploitation of the American people.

    February 8, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Carol Clark

    Great news! Now we'll be in a position to really form our own opinions without all the GOP lies flying around. CC

    February 8, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. mike

    lets hear what the republicans have to say about there solution to
    fixing healthcare then the american public will see what they are
    all about and so will the insurance CEO's

    February 8, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. LIP

    If we had gone with the transparency and a HC forum a year ago as promised, maybe we would have an acceptable Health Care package now that would have satisfied everyone. Instead, transparency was just a political bribe to get votes.

    February 8, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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