February 25th, 2010
08:11 AM ET
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Bickering continues as health care summit nears

President Obama is set to meet with Republicans on Thursday to discuss health care reform.
President Obama is set to meet with Republicans on Thursday to discuss health care reform.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will meet with Democratic and Republican leaders at a much-publicized health care summit Thursday that many believe will be long on discourse but short on real bipartisan consensus.

Critics have said the nationally televised six-hour summit basically will amount to a public relations stunt.

"This is about theater," said Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican. "This is not about substance, unfortunately."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs rejected that assessment.

"It makes sense to have everybody in the same room," Gibbs said on CNN's "American Morning." "We're going to have a big table. We're going to listen to a lot of ideas."

But there didn't appear to be much mood Wednesday for compromise on Capitol Hill.

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Filed under: Chris Dodd • Health care • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    That's plain stupid to scrap the entire bill. I'm Congressman Weiner on this one. DEAL WITH IT!!

    February 25, 2010 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Less pre-summit rhetoric and ore pre summit planning is what needs to be tking place form both sides.
    Use this as a chance to see what they both like about the bill, then discuss the differences. That's the way any real negotiation takes place.
    And guys- put the plan into affect immediately- not 2-10 years down the road!

    February 25, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. NCite45

    Too bad Mitch and his gang don't realize that 'restructure' is exactly what healthcare needs and all it really takes to see that is connecting more with constituents and less with healthcare lobbyists

    February 25, 2010 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. fred

    todays congress is like watching a group of kids playing.

    February 25, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  5. Michelle

    Old argument, McConnell...the President's proposal is ELEVEN pages, and Boehner says it's too short! Of course, your ONE PAGE summary is just right. The truth is, not that you can recognize a truth any more, you do not want a bill to pass, because then you all will look even more stupid than you do now, if that's possible. You want what Rush called for :"the President must fail," and it is really sad that you are taking orders from a talk show liar. It's very sad that people in this country are dying and suffering because of bully tactics. You people ought to be ashamed, but that would mean you have a conscience, and I don't see any evidence of that either, from Republicans. There is a change coming, and the Republicans can go with the flow, or be drowned.

    February 25, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  6. Gil Oberdas

    Will the Party of No ever place the American people and America ahead of their plans to de-rail anything Obama? They have to stop and Senator Brown's approach is fresh air to the hopes of bipartisanship which the GOP has forgotten. They have become the Boehner and McConnell zombies!

    February 25, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. RA.West

    Let's get down to business and have a real discussion on healthcare. GOP, listening skills are important..

    February 25, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  8. carmilla

    obama is doomed.he should resign,he is the worst president ever.he should go bk to chicago.

    February 25, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  9. historian

    Since the senators apparently don't want to work for the American people isn't there a way we can fire them or withhold their paychecks. In corporate America, these senators would be held accountable. And come on, putting rich, white, old Republicans in the summit will keep it from having a decent outcome. It is no wonder everyone is disgusted with politicians.

    February 25, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  10. Conservatism equals illiterate ignorance

    Of course bickering continues, the Repugnants do not desire compromise, they want it all their way even though they are not the majority and they want it thier way on everything as if they did not lose overwhelmingly in the elections, they do not understand the concepts of compromise or democracy, what can you expect, they are the Greedy Old Pig party of NO!

    February 25, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. Tom in Va

    Frankly I fault the GOP for the current lack-of-governing by Congress...

    But BOTH parties need to realize that their divisons are dividing the entire nation. Neighbors are arguing... co-workers are aguing... I know careers are being jepordized because peoples' political beliefs are being judged when looking to hire and promote.

    Bin Laden and all the terrorists must be smiling. They are winning.They see how they have manged to divide this country.

    February 25, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. stevegee

    Obama and the liberals make me sick!

    Can they not hear, or see, or read the ever-growing anger of the American people? We are fed up with the federal government, with its overreaching, overtaxing, overspending ways.

    Go ahead and hold your PR stunt for "healthcare reform." The real reform is coming in November via conservative victories coast to coast.

    February 25, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  13. Chipster

    The blitz of health care industry commercials has already begun, using scare tactics about losing private health care. So many Americans are already losing their health care because of the huge increases in premiums, the loss of jobs that included health care, small businesses that can no longer afford it for their employees, pre-existing conditions, and being dropped because of serious illness, that I don't know how effective such threats can really be.

    February 25, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  14. Elliott Carlin

    I am really disappointed in this President.

    He says he's against the war and he sends 30k more troops into Afghanistan.

    He says Iraq is Bush's mess, yet he and Biden are now trumpeting it as their success..

    He says he "inherited this economic mess" from Bush yet voted for every spending bill and bailout while Bush was President, and continues to propose spending as our only option of getting out of the mess we're in.

    He says he's going to close Guantanamo within a year, and hasn't.

    In 2012, I'll remember what he's done, not what he's said.

    February 25, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  15. John

    This 'summit' is a joke...... political posturing and theater..... great job, Gibbs.... get a big table and put people around it.... and then film it for America..... this will go nowhere... you seem to forget that the American people do not want Obama care.... they don't want to spend 950 Billion dollars in this economy.... and saying that it's paid for is hilarious.... when was the last time something in Washington was 'paid for'?......

    what a joke.....

    Can somebody tell me why Gibbs still has a job?

    February 25, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. Becky

    Its only theatre because the Republicans are making it theatre...If they were doing their jobs for the American people instead of for the Corporations for the last 10 years they were in absolute power maybe this wouldnt be happening.

    February 25, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  17. Alan

    Que the "Party of No" comments.

    What about the house and the senate having super majorities for over a year, but no health reform. Excuse me but how did the Repubs stop it. It wasn't the Repubs – it was the Dems that stopped health care.

    Don't get me wrong, I am glad that there are at least a few Dems with some common sense that stepped and stopped this trainwreck.

    February 25, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. Duck Fallas

    Instead of hiding behind a bunch of quacks, Boehner should be a man and try to match wits with the President. THAT would be good TV.

    Expose these idea-less obstructionists for who they are, call them out on national TV, then pass the darn bill.

    Enough already.

    February 25, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  19. southerncousin

    Of course it is contentious, as long as the dunderhead the dope smokers elected to the presidency keeps pushing something that 58% of the people don't want. I was astounded to listen to that SEIU slime Dick Durbin this morning on NPR state when asked if the liberals would keep pushing it even though the vast majority of American people don't want it. he said yes and they will pass itl Such arrogance and sliminess was unheard of in this country until the non working, non taxpaying, Oprah watching dope smokers combined with George Soros and the corrupt unions to put this Hugo Chavez wannabe in office.

    February 25, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  20. Seth

    Wasn't it the Republicans who said they wanted it televised instead of backroom deals?
    Republicans – You can't WANT and Not want at the same time, I for one am anxious to see the summit so I can compare ideas and plans.
    Democrats and Republicans bring you A-Game today because one of you will leave looking like an idiot.

    February 25, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  21. Patriot

    I am a registered Independent, and I say forget the Republicans in Congress. They had several years under Bush to enact meaningful health care legislation, and did nothing. And, as Senator DeMint made very clear in his "Waterloo" comment, they are not interested in doing anything now.

    They're just delaying and obstructing, hoping to score political points along the way. As long as the Republicans continue to put party ahead of country, I will never vote for them.

    February 25, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. Sgt. USMC

    What is unfortunate is the fact that this republican is not taking this seriously. Here's a chance for the right to be heard. Quit acting like a bunch of spoiled brats and come up with good ideas! This is not about your political career, it's about the American people.

    February 25, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  23. Ben Farleigh

    Republicans, stick to your guns. Be the party of "NO" to government control of health of American citizens. You republicans are all we have standing between a free America and marxism.

    February 25, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  24. Tom

    It's a shame our congress has no real concern about the people it represents. All they care about is their little club. I've seen children that are more mature and responsible. These people sicken me. And, they still don't get it when the polls show the American people can't stand them.

    February 25, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    How can it be about substance, as Cornyn whines, when the stupid Republicans won't bring anything to the table?

    Weren't these idiots elected to represent the people and not themselves or their rotten party?

    February 25, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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