Here’s a moment of rare Washington bipartisanship for you: Republicans and Democrats agree that President Barack Obama‘s much-ballyhooed publicly-televised summit on health care will be much ado about nothing because nothing will come out of it.
Republicans want to scrap the existing health care bill and start over. Democrats say that ain’t gonna happen.
“The idea we have to start with a blank sheet of paper is ridiculous,” retorts Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
Bottom line: Lots of posturing, lots of contentious debate and little substance or accomplishment.
Both sides say compromise is out of the question. Each side tells the other to “do it it my way or else.”
Neither side will budge.
Call it “mission unaccomplished.”
- Hopes for compromise at Obama’s health care summit (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Fake bipartisanship in Milbank’s fantasy world (dailykos.com)