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February 24, 2010

House Leadership Press Conference Discuss The Obamacare Summit

House leadership press conference, Mike Pence speaks first.

"It time for this President and the majority in this Congress to start listening to the American people"

GOP House Minority Whip Eric Cantor reacting to Obama's newly released $1 Trillion Health Care Proposal ahead of a scheduled "Summit" between Obama and GOP Leaders on Thursday.

Cantor likened Obama's new proposal to the "definition of insanity." Cantor was saying the newly released Obama plan is just like the Senate Bill already rejected overwhelmingly by the American People. For Obama to put out another plan just like it, expecting to get a different response fits the definition of insanity.

Boehner speaks at 5:56

"Republicans have been offering ideas for months"...The President "has come in with a rerun of the same failed bill that couldn't pass the House or Senate"


"The president’s bill doesn’t bring down health care costs for anyone in the country.”
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor says the latest version of Obamacare is a “non-starter.”

Cantor is very good with the media. He always comes across calm and confident even with horribly biased reporters.

Good Morning America

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor today expressed little hope for bipartisan agreement on a health care bill when Republicans and Democrats meet Thursday in a joint summit called by President Obama.

The Republican representative from Virginia rejected the bill released by the White House Monday, which proposed fixes to the Senate health care bill passed Christmas Eve and retained many of the same measures.

“This bill is a non-starter,” Cantor said on “Good Morning America” today. “The American people right now are the losers in all of this because the signals coming out of the White House don’t bode well for positive health care reform.”
“The president insists on bringing back a bill that the American people have resoundingly rejected,” he said.

The White House challenged the GOP this morning to offer a single health care proposal and post its legislation.

In response, the White House challenged the GOP to post its legislation… The GOP’s legislation has been available at for months.


Wild Thing's comment.......

Obama and Gibbs and the rest are still lying that the GOP has no plans or ideas. Cantor's right, a bipartisan summit this is not - it's a meeting for Obama to dictate the bill to Congress. The Democrats killed 3 Republican bills in the House. It's on record.

There is also this:

GOP will make its own pitch at health care summit

Star Tribune

Republicans are preparing to use Thursday's White House health care summit to sell their own ideas for using the private marketplace to expand coverage and reduce costs, but they remain wary of fumbling away what they believe is an advantage on the issue heading into this year's critical midterm elections.
GOP leaders are acutely aware of the stakes involved in the extraordinary bipartisan gathering. An effective performance could give their party a vital image boost as November approaches. But if the party's delegation stumbles or oversteps, President Obama and congressional Democrats could see the session provide new life to the stalled health care legislation they have been laboring over for a year.
The Republican strategy is twofold: to portray the Obama plan as radical and ruinously expensive, while reassuring a potential TV audience of millions that the GOP takes the health care crisis seriously and is prepared to address it head on.
But Republicans are not prepared to match every Democratic provision with one of their own. "You will not see from us a 2,700-page comprehensive rewrite of one-sixth of our economy," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. "We don't think that ought to be done."
Their goal is to present voters with a clear choice between a Democratic approach that seeks to expand the government role in health care, and the Republican aim of finding solutions in the private marketplace. "There'll be no question as to where Republicans stand," said House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 24, 2010 02:49 AM


I do hope no bill comes out of this meeting. The longer any health bill can be delayed the better chance we have of getting some real conservatives in office come November. obama knows that and that is why the Dems are threatening to use the nuclear option to pass their bill.

Posted by: TomR at February 24, 2010 09:48 AM

Tom, me too sooo much. I really would love no bill at all.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 24, 2010 04:00 PM

What leadership? we have none thats why all the jerks are going to get voted out come next election. The real people are pissed off and will show who has the real power. congress stand by to stand by. Obama will be a one termer for sure.

Posted by: David Dutra at February 24, 2010 07:39 PM