notes from watching Bipartisan Meeting on Health Reform:
Harry Reid made a statement that you and everyone else has to follow: You are entitled to your opinion, but not your own set of facts
Lamar Alexander admits: There is not a presidential bill
Sounds like most republicans don't like this bill, but insurance needed to be changed..
If republicans really wanted to improve health care -- -they had eight years. Tell me that doesn't prove that they want reform, because the only allowed insurance cost to skyrocket
Americans have told you they want better health care AND they have told you they want congress to work together. Start working together. Don't wait a year and not participate in the process, then say: "I want to participate."
Nancy Peloski, while talking H Reid just stared ahead. When I saw them on camera - they stared ahead when everyone was talking.
In fact Reid just stared ahead when HE was talking
Most of reconciliation has been done by... well not by democrats trying to help the public. So the republicans are mad that democrats are thinking about it.
I am not happy with 1,000 people a week dying. (Insured) Republicans seem okay with that number. Instead of addressing this year the pundits question the data. Okay --- are you okay with 10 people dying in America from lack of health insurance?
Let me say right here: I am not and I am ashamed of those who are!
HOW MANY TIMES DO democrats have to say: "if you have a better plan, tell us what it is" and to have the GOP to remain silent before we know that they don't have a plan. Or they just don't want to help the average persons.
Tom Coburn --- Fraud, fix it and save health insurance 7 percent... I am guessing Tom Coburn has not done anything.
And he admits that the current bill has a fraud component Every good idea by republicans seems to have been ADOPTED and fraud doesn't address the rising cost of the private sector --- which is rising.
Obama moderator trying to keep people on task --- yes he interrupted. That is what moderators do.
Time -- in the back and forth of discussion. If you are counting numbers, time was different, but if you look at the opportunity to speak and the general discourse of discussion was an equal opportunity summit. If you think that each member wasn't, then you need to stop watching with your glenn beck glasses.
The best point was made by John McCain, basically pointing out the porkbarrel AND the president agreed with him. That is a bi-partisan issue, cut pork out of any bill and we will have
Obama: We make decisions to protect the public, do you want a government without meat inspectors? do you want to do away with the FDA -- would you trust your drugs?
Quit complaining about government that protects you.
The one thing that contradicts this and I have to admit that I agree with the half truth of Chuck Grassley: about forcing to public to buy something. If you drive a car you have to buy insurance -- you don't have to buy a car, but in his mid-west I bet a lot of people HAVE to buy a car and thus have to buy insurance.
And I had to buy the bush government - i.e. I had to pay taxes to support it. I am also forced to pay school taxes to educate children with disabilities, I had no choice in that... I can vote no to some of it, but not all of it.
But forcing someone to buy something, even something they need is not easy to swallow.
Anyone who thought Obama wasn't trying to split time didn't see the conference, because several times he cut off democrats with the rational to be fair.
Senator Boehner, we do NOT have the best health insurance system in the world --- we might have a pretty good health care, which may be the best --- we have the best system for making some very rich, and those rich will finance people like mr. tan.
I am 80 percent through this --- but I have to say
Yes Obama spoke a lot. He listened, he moderated and he responded. When you, as the president, meet with congress --- you are going to speak a lot. Obama is not speaking as a democrat (which he is), he is speaking as the president and he is an equal with ALL of congress and if you measure his time against congress you would see he let them be more than equal.
Please look at the facts.