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At first the inside story and the 2.5 health care summit.
President -- have a brief comment.
This can only 700 page bill won't bankrupt our country that's actually must prove my point -- But I think.
This is this right here it's a dangerous experiment we couldn't all agree to disagree with -- don't have our politics.
But if -- if there's no referee on the feeling.
We we can never agree obligation -- -- by just a little bit about CEO I want them every single day.
Very good people great professionals they do their jobs well but their jobs to support what -- placed in front of them.
And what has been placed in front of them -- -- bill that is full of gimmicks and smoking mirrors if we think it's important every society.
To not leave people out.
We're gonna have to figure out how -- is just a fundamental disagreement between the Washington know best about covered people should have.
Work should people have that choice themselves the law of the land is there's no public funding of abortion and that is no public funding of abortion.
And these bills and I don't want our listeners -- viewers can get the wrong impression from what -- said.
The Republican abuse point four minutes the Democrats 52 minutes we'll try to have a much -- I'm always reluctant to be here 37 years to tell people what the American people thing.
I think your record really humility.
Let me just make this.
Because we're not campaign.
I thought they -- my home that every now.
We are all represented the American people we all do town hall meetings we all talk truck constituents.
-- -- got to tell you the American people are engaged.
I'd like the Republicans you'll soul searching and find out where there are some things group.
You'd be willing to.
That get to this core problem of thirty million people without health insurance and dealing seriously with the preexisting condition issue.
House minority whip Eric Kantor joins us live it is so good evening Greta I do think that -- you made any try to get traction -- -- I do think that the American people saw for about seven hours that there is a clear choice there are two sides to this health care bill.
One of which obviously I support which is to.
Put this bill aside and let's start a new in a very different manner.
And then it's the president the Democrats way of trying to plow forward with this trillion dollar bill which is going to frankly changed people's health care in this country.
Two a system that frankly they won't like.
In other words -- -- both sides were heard the American people had an opportunity here both sides but that nothing has changed.
I think that's a fair statement grew out of that.
Did people did hear both sides and unfortunately.
There was an unwillingness on the part of the president to acknowledge where the American people are.
The American people have rejected.
This health care bill.
More times than once they did in the town hall meetings they -- in the elections in Virginia and New Jersey Massachusetts.
In the public polling that we're seeing in that town halls that we're all having at home.
And unfortunately the president is now just wants to ignore their their their thoughts.
So what happens next if if nobody is -- that come off the Donna Republicans still have their view of the Democrats still have their -- and I was still in the same.
Is the whole idea is reconciliation.
It when he when he left today and the cameras turned off did -- -- say anything do that we didn't catch.
Then there's clearly I think -- sentiment among those who were leaving the meeting that it is inevitable they will try and attempt reconciliation.
If they're successful with the real losers of the American people because this monstrosity of a bill would become law.
But Greta before we even get through that.
They'll have to get through the house.
I -- the Senate is -- if you will of -- having not only to produce 59 but fifty votes plus some vice president under that process.
But in the house they still need to -- eighteen votes.
And from the way I look at it as they whip on the Republican side it sure seems to me that they -- are lacking in votes on the democratic side in other words.
-- the -- -- doesn't try to -- that the house has to agree with the Senate's bill because of the way that the politics have -- on -- -- but you don't think that the speaker can get the votes in the house essentially -- the Senate fell to read -- -- the speaker currently does not have the votes to pass the -- -- that she was -- can't.
Could come very rarely biggest talk -- Niceties only niceties in fact Greta I have.
I'm requested several times -- meeting with her and to no avail.
Just seems that she's again maybe.
The very committed to her ways doesn't wanna hear any other opinions I've seen so called doesn't that the conservative.
Democratic members of congress and they say anything can't.
I don't they talk to -- well no there there are some who -- who really we -- -- conversations with speak -- -- many of our members have relationships with and they are.
I think in -- stated this belief right now.
Q did you get the sense that the president wanted to hear from you or did you get the sense that he wanted to sort of stage -- and hope that he can lure you to his side.
I -- a sense rather than the president was very impatient.
With an error insistence that we have no way.
I was really taken -- with his response to me I had done the bill.
By my -- he says something about it yes he did he he accused me of having a -- When literally I was -- -- prepared.
We all have prepared to go in there.
And it did discuss it was about the Senate bill the White House said that -- proposal for Monday was.
The Senate bill with.
Strategic changes I'm curious that exchange he had with Senator John McCain -- said that the election is over Italy when -- -- -- their would be appear different than it did on TV.
Did indeed you have the sense it was good humored good -- or to -- the sense that it was being arrogant and.
Pushing I think if you couple back -- that exchange that he had with Senator McCain with his comments at the end of the session which essentially.
That we will proceed if Republicans don't come along with our way we will proceed -- reconciliation.
And that nobody election and that's what elections are four.
I think that those two instances were very telling about the president's mentality about.
Personally I tested because it's so important that deal that the president this ticket you know -- try to get everyone to work together analysis are curious I came off in the room.
Catherine thank you sir but I -- senator Lamar Alexander's crystal clear about reconciliation.
My request is this is is before we go further today.
The democratic congressional leaders -- you Mr.
President renounce this side.
Of going back to the congress and jamming through a bipartisan -- -- not a partisan.
Vote -- -- little -- process we call reconciliation.
Your version of the bill.
You can say that this process has been used before and that would be right but it's never been used for anything.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid today.
No one has said I read it but the president has come on no one has talked about reconciliation.
But that's -- you folks talk about first and second.
As if it's something that has never been done before now we as leaders hear the speaker and I have not talked about.
Doing reconciliation -- the only way out of all this of course it's not going well but remember.
Reconciliation has been used 21 times most of it's been used by Republicans.
We went to Capitol Hill as senator Lamar Alexander went on the record.
-- -- sir nice to see Greta and I appreciate you just rushed from the Blair House summit to -- your -- office still stretching this just added some monopoly I haven't got.
Well I enjoyed it and and I'm glad the president had.
Somebody told me after I got here that he of the Democrats did most of the talking but on the other hand.
He gave us the Republicans a chance.
Say we wanna cut health care costs and how we wanna do it and that's that's a bigger form a bigger megaphone that we usually get.
Do you think you in hinged upon him his he convinced that he that similar thoughts of the Republicans put forth that is good.
Take them and rework the legislation we'll see and I think on on on the ideas for cutting costs of about.
From going cross state lines -- small business.
This is pool their resources those ideas I think we could sit down and -- -- -- and write a bipartisan bill that would really begin to make a difference in writing down costs.
But I didn't hear.
In the -- seven hours was it.
They still think they can afford that we can afford to spend two and a half trillion more dollars on health care health care and and hear anybody say we're not gonna cut Medicare and I gonna raise taxes like this and these big cost the states we're not gonna raise premiums.
One -- that I thought was and she was the discussion about reconciliation.
Your effort you spoke first.
Was to get that off the table that's not off the table for when I heard today no it's not.
I mean I said to the president you know if you want a bipartisan bill.
Just renounce the idea of jamming it through you know senator Byrd who's our senior Democrat said it would be and outrage to -- to jam the health.
Care bill through like a freight train.
And I never heard that.
We surprised that he didn't say you know you're right center -- and have it take that off the table we're gonna where did this the other way or not these reconciliation are quote the nuclear option of -- -- once got a reuse -- surprise students go with.
I don't disappoint them to support you know I'm I don't think the president's figured out how to work with the Senate just be frank in a bipartisan way I mean.
Lyndon Johnson called Everett Dirksen the Republican leader forty years ago every afternoon 5 -- And I said in my little remarks that.
That Harry Truman who was living in the Blair House where we were today had the senate foreign relations chairman Arthur Vandenberg.
-- once a week to -- -- general Marshall to write the Marshall plan when you want a bipartisan.
Mean you form a private relationship and you put it together and and and the president hasn't figured that -- with a -- ICC inexperienced I don't know what it is.
-- all year I thought either he doesn't wanna do it we don't know how to do it I think he's a very able person he showed today he knows a lot about health care.
But I don't think he knows a lot about how to have how to how to create a bipartisan piece of legislation in the Senate we do all time.
Ted Kennedy and all time.
Mean he in my kinsey who -- there today the senator from Wyoming have written 38 bills together.
What about senate majority leader Harry reasoning and -- testing would you.
Well it does seem like he was little irritated that he shouldn't way to go well yeah well it's because I -- what he doesn't like to hear me.
Their bill does cut Medicare -- half trillion dollars and it spends it on a new program.
And their bill does raise taxes a half trillion dollars.
And -- bill does stand to State's big costs that are gonna raise college -- and taxes and it does raise premiums and have to do all that.
In order to expand coverage and spent another two and half trillion dollars but they don't like.
For me to say.
I don't want them Oscars but what happens after the cameras go up we were very much that they delight at the transparency as to the cameras honest discussion.
When you -- -- any Democrats cannot do is say you know look we can we can really work together on this are you guys is -- your -- -- what happened after the cameras -- -- will not.
Each side without -- press conference Ron Wyden said while -- were still -- he was gonna try to do that he's trying to do that from the beginning and signed on to a billion a couple of years ago I didn't agree with all of it.
But at least it it was try to be bipartisan and -- try to rely on the private sector and I want to encourage that so there are ways we can move it.
A lot of my colleagues suggest it would have been good perhaps if you went on you know through the night stand basically held all in the same rooms that the -- the Democrats did come together on this well.
That's not really the way to right.
I mean the way the way you do that is you is you sit down and you know what what what Vandenberg and general Marshall said about each other general -- Arthur Vandenberg one day he was my right hand man the next day.
I was his right -- and see have to have an equal partnership we have seen.
So now Watson I accepted today -- sort of -- like.
I know we're gonna move forward and health care reform or we gonna see this reconciliation basically a war between the rows of between the two parties.
-- we could have been at what I'd like to say in what what are you gonna say well what today proved we could see was it the president would put it aside this big video.
And say okay we've identified 5678 things we can do -- cut costs let's get that done that could happen quickly.
That man what's gonna happen not gonna try to predict that all depends on the president if you want to bipartisan bill he can have won if he doesn't.
We'll continue to argue.
-- thank you said thank you Greta.
Democratic congressman rob Andrews at the summit today.
The president asked the question and doubt whether we can find agreement on.
Pulling the purchasing power of small businesses and individuals.
So they can get the same deal that big companies and members of congress get.
And my friend John -- talked about the association health plan proposal.
John I think that what you're talking about -- association health plans who we're talking about exchange is a semantic difference.
It's a matter of pulling the purchasing power of small businesses and individuals to get a better deal.
Cashman and -- joins us live up to the transparency to epithets -- decided to I think that this is the way government ought to work it was in the open.
People had honest differences they treat each other civilly.
I thought it was a great thing to really didn't do it earlier yeah I think we should do it earlier than they do -- often I think if the next issue is.
Deficit and debt we should do that education.
Sunlight really is the great antiseptic.
Do you help do you think in a lot of -- and it's available laid on the serve long continue.
Do you think and that it improve the situation is more likely that it can resolve itself with some bipartisan toward its alliance to hear from the stands now I do think it improve the situation.
On substance you know there there is very close there are very close views on a buying policies across state lines.
On letting small businesses and individuals -- through these -- pools.
On some more movement on tort reform I think that that's also very probable.
These are important substantive issues -- I think that the prospects.
A bipartisan agreement improved today aren't we here this reconciliation slash nuclear option all the time as -- are thrown out there.
-- has to even gotten to the point though with the house the house essentially if it -- of the Senate bill in order to have that degree.
Yeah I think that's right there are part of the plan that he of course the right now so I don't know the next bill would then fix the Senate bill we understand the Senate bill would be.
-- -- carve a hole out of the middle -- and plug the hole with something new.
Do you have the sense that within the House of Representatives that the House of Representatives would vote in favor of the Senate bill which is different than the one you guys -- -- Only if it was fixed if Nebraska deal got cut out I think the Louisiana think -- could cut out as well.
I have problems with the way excise taxes -- of the Senate bill.
I don't think there's enough support for working people to help them buy health insurance so I think the house would only pass the Senate bill.
If accompanying the Senate bill were these kind of changes is that likely yes.
I think is quite likely and it -- so the issues like the this impact amendment is that how much of issues that have -- -- abortion it's a big issue.
Look I think there's universal or nearly universal agreement.
That no public funds should be used for abortion.
I -- I'm a pro choice person but I do believe that's the result that we should have here and -- significant argument.
Over whether the.
Senate language accomplishes that or not I believe it does.
But I think my friend mr.
Stupak -- disagree so yes that is something we have to work I wish I'd asked congressman cantor this question some basket of view.
Is there anything that would have after the call back tomorrow if not okay is there anything that happened today that you heard the Republicans -- that.
You know that makes a little sense maybe -- -- how you would get what what what would be that issue I thought Tom Coburn suggestion.
That we use undercover patients to root out Medicare fraud was a really good idea if understanding Iraq.
Well it means that you take a person who didn't have a broken leg.
And send them to.
MRI center X ray center for tests for broken leg and see what they say.
If they keep treating -- -- -- he had a broken leg you know it's a fraudulent treatment did not know if that and it's pretty cool thing to do and I think so we should -- either though.
Well Alex I was fascinated and I'm hoping that they'll have -- this transparency I do to I think this is the way government -- operate I think both sides acquitted themselves well and now let's do more on the it did Catherine thank you -- -- Net.
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