Washington (CNN) – Thursday's health care summit at Blair House was billed as an opportunity for members of both parties to share their proposals for reform, but one party had far more time to put forth their ideas.
A CNN analysis of the meeting shows that Democrats - including President Obama, who helmed the meeting - were granted more than twice the amount of speaking time as Republicans.
Democrats spoke for a total of 135 minutes while President Obama spoke for 122 minutes, for a total of 257 minutes. Republicans, meanwhile, spoke for just 111 minutes, about 30 percent of the total speaking time.
The time discrepancy did not go unnoticed by the top Republican in the Senate.
Shortly after President Obama, Vice President Biden and legislators from both parties returned from a lunch break, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office released a statement detailing how long President Obama had the floor, versus how much time members of each party were allotted during the nearly three-hour morning session.
Not including the hour that the politicians broke for lunch, the meeting lasted for more than six hours.
Obama is similar in many ways to Castro and Chavez. It is nothing for Castro make a 7 hour speech over Communist controlled T.V.
the people that were watching now know the face of a pathologoical liar...less than 3 years until we get rid of this clown.
It doesn't matter how long any of these jerks talk. They all seem to be under the delusion that the US has the best health care system in the world. In 2000 the World Health Organization listed our health care system as 37th among developed nations. Our system is designed to treat disease rather than prevent disease. We have one of the worst infant mortality rates, Americans lag in almost every measure of health, life expectancy in lower that most other developed nations. The American Medical Association has succeeded in forcing Medical Schools to limit the number of medical students to limit competition and keep compensation high.
Members of Congress are totally out of touch because they have Cadillac plans and never spend a dime on health care. Until they understand that our health care system is broken, there will be no serious effort at reform.
After watching this PR show of Obama's for 4 hours, I realize he is not just an arrogant pigheaded partisan pork spending Democrat, he is downright nasty and not very honest. Shame on the Democrats.
One and Done for Oblamo
Bye bye to Reid Dodd Specter and 5 other Dem senators
Pray to God for a GOP majority in both houses after the mid term elections ...and then we can start to make changes to try to save the country from Presideent McNasty
So... let me get this straight. The President of The United States of America... should have been given "less" time to speak at His summit ? hmm. things may not have changed as much as they really need to after all. Read between the lines.
What a total drama, all to no benefit of the people. This is nothing more than a distraction to the real problem, that this country is flat broke and if radical spending cuts do not happen this year by 2011 we will lose our top credit rating and the US dollar will become worthless.
So what? All the Republicans was whine about the bill. Almost no specific ideas were presented by any of the Republicans in the meeting. All they did was use the event to get on TV and attack the President.
Eric Cantor is a little punk.
I personally watched the viewing and this head line that CNN posted is very misleading to.. everyone had a fair share of time and both sides had very strong points.
We are going to fire his Harvard educated, half witted, arrogant ass year after next.
This complaint is really petty! You had your say last summer with your devious "death panels" claim and your ridiculous assertions that the Democrats are trying to usher in "socialism". I heard your proposals and I prefer the Democrats plan. Now vote and shut up!
Yet more proof that the man has no interest in reaching across the aisle to unite America.
Same old crapola. Republicans whinning as usual.
CNN get a life...do some real reporting and do something with that idiot Gergan.
Obama and the dems looked as enept has they've become. Shame on them for trying to push through a bill that the public is overly opposed to....
President Obama was speaking for ALL Americans, also he was the moderator – so he time shouldn't be considered for either side.
Bravo Mr. President :)
I have no insurance, and I DONT WANT TO BE FORCED TO HAVE INSURANCE,,,,,AND I DONT WANT TO PAY A PENALTY FOR OPTING OUT. I AM A DEMOCRAT. THE WHITEHOUSE IS NOT LISTENING TO ITS PEOPLE. Something else is going on behind the scenes. Dont know what it is,,,,but this bill is fundamentally flawed. Spending money we dont have is wrong wrong wrong. The buck has to stop here.
CNN ANALYSIS IS WRONG
CNN analysis should not take into account President Obama's time. Why? Because the President called the summit to discuss his health reform proposals. Therefore President Obama must chair the summit, plus serve as judge, jury, and executor of his own summit. There is no one else (other than V.P. Biden) that could serve as an honest broker of the President's own summit.
When you exclude the President's speaking time, than the summit time was shared fairly between both parties.
The Dems knew what they were talking about, and the GOP's talking points got a little stale. They really had nothing to offer. The GOP wants this President to fail. McCain had an attitude toward our President, and the President stood up for himself. He showed his strength.
Republicans want President Obama to fail so badly that they are willing to take the whole nation down just to accomplish failure. I can't wait until next election, I'll never vote for an (R) again!
Well of course they did, since when as a Republican had a solution to anything??
I am sick and tired of listening to both sides on the health care debate or any other subject they are discussing. Get something done period! They are wasting our time and money. Take all Health insurance away from the Congress and see how fast they come up with something. It is making me sick!!
Republicans aren't used to saying, let alone thinking, of any intelligent
statements to contribute to healthcare. They only listen to the tunes of Rush and Rove. Pathetic pack of wolves Republicans are. Shame.
No...the Democrats spoke for 135 minutes, the Republicans 122 minutes and the President of the United States spoke for 122 minutes.
If you want anything accomplished at all, you'd better have a Democrat around.
As for time, it looks like Obama got more than anybody else with the Republicans on the committee really getting about as much time as the Democrats. Actually, the Republicans really have nothing to say. All they do is grandstand, lie, distort and throw monkey wrenches at any effort to overhaul our sorry healthcare system. They got more time than they deserved. I have grown to literally despise the Republican party for their calloused attitude toward any Americans who are not wealthy or one of the corps of lobbyists buying them off.