Thursday, February 25, 2010

Final Recap of Thursday's Summit

Overall, the second half the health care summit was pretty subdued. I think the President definitely scored some political points today. But if we're talking sports metaphors, with today's summit the President made a layup, but he was hoping for a half-court trick shot while blind-folded. He got a few points for the team, but in the fourth quarter, it's too soon to tell if it will be enough for the win. Politico's Carol E. Lee has a great recap of the summit, "Lawmakers agree they can agree; But they disagree on everything else:
Democrats and Republicans offered different takes on President Obama's health care summit, and just about the only thing they agreed on is that there are things they can agree on.

Speaking to reporters outside the West Wing, Democrats went first.

"I'm not overly optimistic that we would get Republican votes for the bill," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. "But that doesn't mean that we couldn't incorporate some of their good ideas into legislation should they put some on the table."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed "to continue to work very hard," while knocking every member of Congress for sticking to talking points.

"Time is of the essence," he said.
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