Democracy Now: Healthcare Summit Fails to Reach Agreement


President Obama’s so-called bipartisan healthcare summit ended Thursday without any substantive agreement between Republicans and Democrats. Republican lawmakers remained staunchly opposed to using the federal government to regulate health insurance. As the day began, President Obama called for a civil debate.

President Obama: “I said at the State of the Union, and I’ll repeat, I didn’t take this on because I thought it was good politics. This is such a complicated issue that it’s inevitably going to be contentious. But what I’m hoping to accomplish today is for everybody to focus not just on where we differ, but focus on where we agree, because there actually is some significant agreement on a host of issues.”

Obama had drawn criticism from progressive Democrats for refusing to include a government-funded public option in a proposal issued ahead of the summit. Single-payer advocates were also excluded from the meeting.

~ by wheresthemic on February 26, 2010.

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