Pres. Obama is inviting top congressional Dems and Repubs to a Feb. 25 meeting at Blair House on health care. In the formal invitation, which was obtained and described by health care reporter Jonahthan Cohn of The New Republic, Obama pledges, in advance of the meeting, to
“post online the text of a proposed health insurance reform package. This legislation would put a stop to insurance company abuses, extend coverage to millions of Americans, get control of skyrocketing premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and reduce the deficit.”
Cohn surmises that this plan will either be the newly-worked-out version of the stalled Dem bill, agreed upon by the leaders of the House and Senate, or it will be the White House version, designed to force a final compromise among the Dems.
The invitiation also suggested:
“It is the President’s hope that the Republican congressional leadership will also put forward their own comprehensive bill to achieve those goals and make it available online as well.”
Are we getting somewhere? Maybe this is a willing suspension of disbelief, but I choose to take the effort in good faith and hope the Repubs and the country will do the same.