Healthcare summit reaction: Useful, but not a game-changer
After Thursday's healthcare summit, reaction from both sides is positive, but Democrats still likely to proceed without Republican support.
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Republicans say they remain opposed to Obama’s proposed healthcare overhaul, while Democrats vow that they will rally their party to push it through Congress – if necessary, via special budget rules that allow them to proceed with a simple majority of 51 votes.
Yet all involved said the seven-hour chat fest, held at Blair House, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House proper, was worth doing. The tone was at times combative, but the talk was surprisingly substantive and laid out the philosophical differences between the parties on this important issue like little else has in recent months. (For more Monitor coverage of the healthcare summit, see here.)
Senator McCain, the GOP’s presidential candidate in 2008, said that Republicans would be willing to work with Obama on such measures as ensuring insurance coverage for those with preexisting health conditions.