Obama, GOP clash at summit: ‘We have better idea’ – AP

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama argued Thursday that a sweeping overhaul of the nation;s broken health care system is imperative for the nation’s future economic vitality, clashing in an extraordinary live-on-TV summit with Republicans who want far more modest changes. “We believe we have a better idea,” declared GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander.

With the marathon policy debate available from start to finish to a divided public, Obama cast the health care crisis as “one of the biggest drags on our economy,” painting his overhaul effort as critical to the economic revival that's even more pressing to many Americans.

“We all know that this is urgent,” he said.

Obama lamented the partisan bickering that has resulted in a stalemate over legislation to extend coverage to more than 30 million people who are now uninsured. “Politics I think ended up trumping practical common sense,” he said.

And yet, even as he pleaded for cooperation — and “actually a discussion, and not just us trading talking points” — he insisted on a number of Democratic points and acknowledged agreement may not be possible. “I don't know that those gaps can be bridged,” Obama said. “If not, at least we will have better clarified for the American people what the debate is all about.”

via Obama, GOP clash at summit: ‘We have better idea’ – Yahoo! News.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

    But what is the Republican idea(s)? They want nothing to happen…

    • Joel

      Did you watch the soap opera? OR read any coverage of it. The Republicans want something to happen, just not his bloated, useless bill. They presented their own ideas that were roundly dismissed by the community organizer-in-chief. Tort reform, not on table. Co-ops, not on table. Institute small changes slowly, nope. This was the Democrats telling the Republicans this is what we are going to do, get out of the way. The Dems will step on their own d&*Os to get this passed, it will be tested in court, and be overturned by the SCOTUS. Good job Dems.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/bubba4 bubba4

        Really, that's what you got out of it? Republicans have said tort reform and "across state lines" from the beginning. Neither would solve the problem if 100% implemented and 100% successful…and neither would address the uninsured, rising prices, or the notion of "pre-existing conditions". He straight told them that. So I think it's you who didn't watch. You probably read a summary somewhere.

        Republicans don't WANT co-ops, but it is literally the least they can do when faced with a public option….but I still didn't hear it championed by a Republican. Co-ops would be weak and couldn't really compete to bring down prices….so yeah they would rather have that….

        Telling someone to "start over" when they are there to work on a bill is a ridiculous stunt. They dragged their heels in committee after committee trying everything they could to just prevent the issue of health reform from seeing the light of day.

        They don't want a public option because they get a lot of money from Big pharma and the various insurance giants. You think they want a public option? Of course not…they are making record profits.