February 23rd, 2010
01:51 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain to attend Obama's health care summit

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/23/art.bomac0223.gi.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain was asked by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to join Senate Republicans at the open-for-cameras health care meeting."]Washington (CNN) - One GOP senator attending the president's health care summit Thursday has more history with Barack Obama than any other Republican who will be there. That senator is John McCain, Obama's rival for the presidency in 2008.

McCain was asked by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to join Senate Republicans at the open-for-cameras health care meeting.

"He looks forward to sitting down in a bipartisan fashion and starting over," said McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan. McCain is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions ("HELP") Committee.

McConnell's office Tuesday announced the list of Republican senators who will be attending Thursday's summit. In making the announcement, McConnell once again criticized many aspects of Democrats' health care reform proposals.

"Americans don't know how else to say it: they're not interested in a reform that starts with the bills they've already rejected, bills that slash a half-trillion dollars from seniors' Medicare, raise a half-trillion in new taxes, and don't lower costs or premiums," McConnell said in a statement released Tuesday. "Republicans will attend this summit in good faith, and will continue to offer the types of ideas and step-by-step approach that Americans are actually calling for: legislation that brings down costs and increases access for Americans."

In addition to McCain and McConnell, the following GOP senators will also be attending Thursday's health care summit, according to McConnell's office:

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Arizona
Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee
Ranking Member Senate Finance Committee Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa,
Ranking Member Senate HELP Committee Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming,
HELP Committee Member Tom Coburn, M.D., R-Oklahoma,
Sen. John Barrasso, M.D., R-Wyoming

Filed under: GOP • Health care • John McCain • Senate
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. John in WV

    McConnell never seems to amaze me. Slashing medicare, where was he when medicare taxes were not being invested back into the medicare fund during Bush? He's against raising taxes but votes against a jobs bill that lowers taxes. He continuously says the American people don't want health reform. Now he says Americans are calling for reform that increases access and brings down costs. The only thing this man wants is what's good for his corporate buddies. He is a perfect example of a broken government.

    February 23, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Mark

    It all show for the Republicans for their own elections. The Republicans have no intention of honestly working with the Democrats. If they don't, why don't we fire them? They do work for us, the American people.

    February 23, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    "Please sit in the back Senator, Nancy Pelosi will be handing out the adoration cards for the president and SEIU/ACORN will be taking up the collection. And millions of dope crazed Oprah addicts will be watching with their hands stuck down the front of their pants while Obozo lies and lies.

    February 23, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. notfooledbydistractions

    Why invite McCain? The doddering old man can't keep his positions on the issues straight, he changes positions daily. I doubt he knows much about health care issues – or much of anything these days.

    February 23, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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