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Continues RNC chair perhaps that her chairperson Michael Steele joins us live nice to see -- -- And it's good to see you Greta I what do you -- bill of rights say you've unleashed and we suspect -- what is this bill of rights.
Well the bill of rights is really kind of a place holder as we begin the fall discussion on health care.
We watched at the beginning of the spring and summer and the new administration say we're gonna have a health care bill by July 31 with no real.
Input or discussion by the American people let alone the Republican members of congress.
They were gonna try to get it done by then we we've we raise some concerns that we we talked a little bit more about it -- laid out clearly what we thought we should be joined.
Town halls began to take place the citizens began to get hold of it and and in the process of this discussion the one thing that struck me that was being left behind.
Was our seniors when the administration's kind of slipped out there.
The idea of cutting 500 billion dollars from the Medicare program.
With no indication of whether that's going to be cutting waste of that's going to be -- the substance of program so what that was.
I thought it would be appropriate to put a place -- out here just a very clearly delineate.
What we should be doing and how we should be doing it on behalf of seniors as we begin this debate in the fall.
Someone to lay out about six principles that kind of talked about the you know the doctor patient relationship.
The role of government.
The decision making process involving seniors of their caregivers and I want to be fit as fairly clear as I could about it.
-- but this is so this is not an exact answer the 15100 page.
Bill that the Democrats have put forth this is -- just your principles of how you and Republican Party would like to see things -- -- -- broad based principles right.
And it's broad based principles and and and that it didn't spend the Republican leadership in the house and the senate will come back with the legislative.
You know bills and amendments to the 83200.
-- whichever bill that the that the house -- -- going to be working on.
To put into law.
Those guidelines of those protections as if you will for our seniors.
It is that the Republicans are sitting back waiting to see what the democratic -- is so they can then punch some holes under rewrite -- I think we are I they -- their own same look scrapped the Democrats this is the -- should have.
Well I think whether this is that's a very good question Greta and I'll tell you why because.
Between -- house in the senate they're a bit over 800.
-- -- pieces of legislation and amendments to various bills introduced by.
Democrats in the house and the senate.
That had been rejected outright.
So they've tried that writing the bill if you will -- putting their their input into the documents.
That have been produced and has all been rejected so I think in this instance what I thought was.
Let's put a place marker been in place then let's just follow back up and written now that the rhetoric is as heated up from the from the American people.
Maybe the house -- leadership will pay attention.
To what Republicans want to put on the table because quite frankly I'm sick and tired all this conversation about all bi partisanship and bipartisanship that.
When in fact the house the Senate Leadership are not doing -- thing.
To bring Republicans to the table in any meaningful way.
And the and the and the president is given lip service to this idea when he's not encouraging in effect demanding.
That we work together in a bipartisan fashion on this on this.
I understand that that don't like the public option -- government option I understand they say there's no bipartisanship.
But he -- certainly hasn't yet.
-- again the secret why the Republicans didn't do Health Care Reform when they own the house the senate and I I give any.
And I don't have an idea and I and I think you again as one of those those flaws of the past that you -- -- ourselves up while we had a perfect opportunity.
Even what we didn't have control of the house and senate doing the early days of the bush -- Bush's first term.
Two at least put in place.
Some -- some of the efforts to put you know.
Our imprimatur if you -- health care debate.
But that's the past them and I understand that I'm now that the new chairman of the party.
We've got you know leadership in the house and the senate that that we're working with -- governors around the country who deal with this health care issue every single day.
From Mississippi to Indiana.
Two didn't to Louisiana they're they're fighting to try to balance those budgets put the cost of health care escalating.
-- so now is an opportunity for us to engage.
-- you know what I will applaud the administration.
For putting this on the table what I do not applaud is the way they wanna go about reforming our health care system when in fact the parts they want reform and don't need it.
And the parts like Medicare that do need to be addressed.
They're kind of slipping off to the side because everyone knows there's no money here Greta.
In about six or seven years is so but with all the spending now where -- the money come from the deal for our seniors.
In about six years when there is no money for Medicare.
I understand that the town -- mean to bad basically American people some American people as an opportunity to make their politicians listen to them and sometimes it -- out temperature turn -- the -- little bit.
Do you have the sense that the Democratic Party and I guess specifically the president as the leader.
Is listing and considering what the Republicans who might have to offer or is to serve like we know best and top.
Take it or leave it this is the way it's gonna be and now -- a battle has been engaged.
I think it's the latter drug that I think is particularly that leave -- I think the president set the tone.
Would have the very beginning of the stimulus debate when he said.
Which told everybody in the room -- where this is gonna go and how it was gonna go so I get that.
But don't then come back when the citizens of this country.
Rise up because of the arrogance of your power use the power.
The arrogance of the policies -- putting in place to say that's not we want to say that there's an orchestrated an effort by Republicans.
To undermine this when in fact that's not the case.
And only today we find out in fact the DNC is trying to do the very thing they've accused does -- over the last few weeks while orchestrating a thousand.
You know town halls or events over the next week.
Using -- you know that the unions and and than those moveon.org.
Gordon type organizations.
To help them coordinate a response.
So if you know this is a very interesting dynamic I find right now that the Democrats are doing what they've accused dust off.
Over the last few weeks -- what what we've witnessed Greta and you've talked about as has many others that this is coming from the people.
Is manifest at this point and this administration.
Is choosing to call them out of touch are calling them hooligans or on American.
And that's just not the appropriate way to do this.
As a head of the Republican Party out are you likely to lose like let's say senator Olympia Snowe a Republican from Maine.
Are you likely lose -- -- the democratic side of this discussion an -- spoken to her.
Not spoken to senator Snowe and and a while particular since they've been -- -- I hope not I think.
You know senator Snowe and senator Collins and others.
Who I understand company you don't -- from some from from some very difficult parts of the country in terms of being a Republican running for elective office but I think on this issue.
I think the philosophy is right I think the politics is right.
And I think the opportunity is right to to really define this in terms of a patient doctor relationship.
With as little.
Intrusion from the federal government as possible and I think it's senator Snowe and others will understand that and -- people back at home most importantly.
We'll understand that they're having town halls up in Maine in and in parts of New England as well and it's no less excited if you will.
Out there as it is new routes around the country -- -- thank you -- --
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