The Republicans (and Will Robinson) should be looking over their shoulders! Obama has invited them to take part in a televised half-day summit on the healthcare issue at the end of this month. What is his real motive? It is hard to believe that he really, sincerely wants Republican advice since the Dems have excluded the minority party from the debate for a full year! Where were the cameras then? And, Pelosi is still insisting on a “public option!” It could be just a ruse to suck them in and then play the blame game when a compromise that includes the “public option” cannot be reached. And, we all know that the Republicans and many centrists Democrats (along with the majority of the American public) don’t want the government meddling in our healthcare! It looks like a set-up to me! Unless the “public option” is pulled completely, these “talks” are a waste of time. Is this just another ” blame game ploy” that all of us are tired of? They need to focus on what the American people have shouted from the roof-tops: realistic, common sense solutions that come in the form of small reform bills…not an all-encompassing bill that has the government taking over our healthcare system. A good start would be to clean up fraud and inefficiency, develop competition across state lines, institute tort reform, and changes made in an orderly gradual way. This is not the “crisis” that Obama has tried to sell the public with his constant fear tactics!
So, Republicans, you have an opportunity to put forward a plan that makes common sense to the American people. Otherwise, Obama will continue to label you as “obstructionists” and use that label to push a bill though via reconciliation! Repubs, you wanted into the fray, well, now you have your chance. If you blow it, the Dems will feel more empowered! If you offer reasonable solutions (not just bullet-points and rhetoric), then you will be perceived positively.
But, nice play, Obama! You are calling their hand! It’s put up or shut up time!
It is naïve, I know, but I wish both parties would stop the partisan games and work together for real achievable solutions! I doubt it will happen; but, I can hope!