February 23rd, 2010
04:23 PM ET
13 years ago

Gibbs weighs in on 'pre-game chatter' before health care summit

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Washington (CNN)-With Republican criticism mounting over Thursday's health care summit, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the tensions as "a bit of pre-game chatter" and "locker room material."

The White House says it's still optimistic that progress can come from the bi-partisan effort to move health care reform forward.

In the wake of Monday's jobs bill vote, supported by a handful of Republican senators, including newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, Gibbs said it was a "good example, good lead in to Thursday."
The White House says the vote shows lawmakers were willing to put aside partisanship games and do what was important for the American people.

Filed under: Congress • Health care • Obama administration
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Rickster

    Stunning actually that our idiotic president is still trying to shove this down our throats. Even more stunning is that so many democrat politicians are following little Barry right over the cliff. How can you keep following somebody who has failed at everything that he has tried to do? Oh well, Obama is the best thing that ever happened to the republican party.

    February 23, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. cph9680

    @ Ellie: Poopie? Seriously, are you retarded?

    Perhaps you're the one that needs to grow up. Act like an American, not a parasite...

    February 23, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. The Unsub

    Hooray for Obama, finally something is getting done. I have conficence in him. He IS the president.

    February 23, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. get real

    The CBO compared the Democrat plan to the GOP plan. They said the democrats' plans would save more money and insure more people. The GOP plan barely improved the current numbers of uninsured americans. Of course we aren't going to take their plan and run with it. It won't do any good for the typical american. The insurance execs LOVE it though!

    February 23, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Ancient Texan

    Gibbs is truly an unbelievable joke. He seriously believes that the comments on Obama's healthcare plan is just "trash talking" and not to be considered. Oh well, you can't fix stupid.

    February 23, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. key

    You can't show up in May if you are a senior in high school to graduate you have to work all year. These guys are amazing to me

    February 23, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Andy

    Eillie you are buying a program that is not good enough for the Washington elite.Everyone should say NO.I want the same as Washington/Labor Unions- This is dangerous and the Dems are so caught up vs the repubs.I AM GLAD THE REPUBS DO SAY NO to this crap.

    February 23, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |

    This is crap and I am glad the GOP says NO.Do you Dems really want a bill that is not good enough for Obama/Congress/Labor Unions.Say NO to Obama's 2nd class care,I want him on it too.Just more of his crap in a different wrapper.

    February 23, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    Pre game chatter? Guess the ball is in the publics court. The President made a promise, documented through various media. NO TAX dollars will support abortion.....so get this out of the way so we can pass an acceptable health care plan.

    February 23, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Mike in MN

    My best bet is the results of the health care summit will result in a majority of voters still rejecting Obama care because it goes way to far with too much government, too many mandates, too many tax increases, too large of cuts to Medicacre and too much cost.
    A majority of voters will also not think adding a couple of Repubicans ideas to a bill that goes too far will fix it.
    And a majority of voters are likely to decide that the Republican plan does not go far enough.
    That is why a majority of voters want to kill the current bills and have
    Congress write a new bipartian bill that falls somewhere in beteween Obamacare and the Republican plan.
    I don't think the voters will react kindly if Obama and the Democrats move forward and cram the current version of Obama care down their throats. If they do so I am guessing it will be without any Republican votes. And to tell the truth, with the November elections on the horizion and no Republican votes and a majority of voters opposed to Obamacare, I don't think there will be enough Democrat votes either.
    Obama needs to listen to the people and start over now.

    February 23, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. found work without help of stimulus or obama

    And once again, Gibbs the eight year old BRAT speaks again.

    February 23, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Fiscal Responsibility

    Give everyone a job with health care. $787 billion would directly create 15.7 MILLION jobs at $50k/year. OK that is average migt have to pay higher in a big city but $50k/year would cover a large majority of the country. 20-ish% of this would be given back to governments big and small in the form of taxes. Everyone pays for their own insirance.
    They could start with jobs to collect and remove all the illegals (about the same 15-20M). This would cut the over demand on health care and all other social services. Welfare folk would now have a job and could grow proud. There would be learning pains but we can get the whole country working.
    Also we would then have no insurance no medical either.

    February 23, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Its not just the republicans saying no (as they are the only ones that are blamed)! There are plenty of dems that are saying no too as Nobama is trying to shove it up where the sun don't shine. If this plan is so great, why are the members of congress, et al., included in it?

    February 23, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. tonyt

    pre game chatter, that's the Republicans shaking in there boots!

    February 23, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Concerned Citizen

    Democrats should push Health Care Reform through on reconciliation – don't even hesitate. Taking the high road in politics will only give you a nose bleed.

    February 23, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Lexie Lou

    Republicans can't wait to shoot new ideas down...it's just their nature. Complete failure at ll costs!

    February 23, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. tonyt

    posted February 23rd, 2010 5:41 pm ET;

    found work without help of stimulus or obama, good for you, million can't!

    February 23, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. tonyt

    posted February 23rd, 2010 5:41 pm ET;

    found work without help of stimulus or obama, good for you, some Americans can't!

    February 23, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. tonyt

    Republicans bring your facts to the health care summit, not tissue paper please!

    February 23, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. tarheel

    The Republicans will support a jobs bill if it halfways makes any sense. But I don't think they will ever except a rehash of the Health Care Reform that they, several Democrats, and the majority of the American people have already rejected.

    February 23, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Jake

    The Dems will follow Obama off a cliff while slamming the GOP for not doing the same.I want a bill that everyone is on,Obama/Congess are on a different plan;but,want us to buy into this one.Glad the GOP says NO,if it is not good enough for them,then why do I want it.

    February 23, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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