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48 minutes before the hour now it's a question that's been confront confounding the White House for months.
What's the best way to get both parties to agree on health care reform bill.
Well now President Obama says he has a plan to help bridge the gaps.
On FOX News Sunday the Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.
Said that we are still far from a done deal there -- be a lot of Democrats who will vote against it.
Whether they'll be eleven Democrats who voted yesterday it was not clear.
But the American people who are already quite angry about the effort to jam this down our throats are going to be even angry.
Well that reactions exactly what was expected as you know Republicans have been fighting -- democratic -- bills of all kinds of tooth and nail Democrats say they're still trying to reach comment.
Here's the New Jersey democratic congressman frank flown on America lives.
The president is reaching out and saying look I'd like to include more Republican initiatives purity has in some of the things he did today.
So I I think they think he is really how can we come together.
You know whether that means sixty votes or 55 votes I don't think that matters.
-- -- all shake out with this now -- Washington executive editor for The Wall Street Journal -- side of course the -- -- -- by the parent company.
This network -- -- thank you.
-- -- -- I keep reading nuclear option possible nuclear option possible meeting instead of sixtieth required by the rules of the Senate.
They would only need 51 is sort of required by the constitution.
Right and that's -- possible I think is becoming increasingly likely when you consider that a nuclear option and I suppose depends on.
Where you sit and how much you think the Senate has resorted of that in the past but.
It's hard to see a compromise that -- -- over the sixty that -- need to break a filibuster.
So here we are maybe that this summit meeting later this week some bipartisan Nevada will break out -- I wouldn't bet the rent money on it just yet though.
It -- them the the understanding from people in the known Washington seems to be.
That Republicans are gonna be against any thing because anything that allows the Democrats be seen as having success would be bad for Republicans right.
Well I think cell although I think -- a little more finely tuned and that here's I think the problem which is true is that that the two sides don't agree on -- a compromise means in this case.
From the Republican point of -- compromise means.
Ditching everything the house and the Senate have done so far because in the Republican view those two bills have been lost essentially in the court of public opinion.
The democratic -- what do compromises right now needs trimming around the edges of those bills some and adding some Republican ideas you know attempt to make it acceptable -- -- some people on the Republican side of the -- If that's your starting point if the idea of what a compromise really amounts to is so different it's very hard to see how you actually come up with something that everybody can.
Walk out arm arms and say we agreed on you know there was a time when a filibuster almost never happen.
Was it did happen Democrats filibustered when President Bush was trying to get judicial nominations in -- so let's not pretend this is a one way street it is it.
But if anyone discussing the possibility that there might actually make senators get up there.
And read something and actually filibuster and let the people see this disgusting show.
I mean it's possible that that might happen rather than to say it all you could filibusters let's move on.
Yeah lots of -- I think that might be the real nuclear option here it is being discussed you know I don't think Democrats -- do that because this as you suggest this increasing use of the filibuster has been a bipartisan -- yup it's started back in the late eighties and really picked up steam in the ninety's and -- really gotten out of hand in most people's -- in the last few years you know I went -- looked at the statistics last week fifty years ago there was an entire session of congress two years in which there was a single filibuster or threatened filibuster.
Not a single vote to break a filibuster will now you have.
Maybe a 150 such votes in this congress that -- halfway through right now so it's a problem and sixty is the new fifty.
But whether this is the issue health -- which has become so emotional on which you're gonna be able to break that pattern.
I'm not quite so sure about it and they talk about public opinion on this matter and the Democrats I mean.
The Republicans are absolutely right.
That the people by majority at least are against it but they weren't in the beginning.
And if you wanna be really truthful about this thing and not just talk from some you know from idea from inside your -- ideological prism.
The truth is the Republicans are much better and organized.
In the sell the Democrats selling point I mean I don't know.
I don't know if they can sell water in the desert they're they're -- -- just think they just don't seem to have it what's the problem with them I think well right now Gerald.
Right now we've captured all these high value al-Qaeda -- -- -- at the very top of the Taliban huge hits in the president doesn't have to stand up there at the podium -- go Robert -- like it just passes away what's wrong with them.
Well I think one of the problems is that and this is.
-- actually fairly remarkable up until today there really hasn't been an Obama health care plan there have been various plans -- the house and the Senate Democrats on on each side of that of the capital.
I think there's been a lack of clarity here -- what is it that the president really for what's his bottom line how do you get there well.
That's kind of what the White House is really trying to start over with today.
By the way one of the things that they hope happens is the Republicans stepped forward and present a -- and alternative V Republican alternative so that there can be a comparison you know politics.
Any candidate always looks bad when compared to the ideal alternative in theory and it -- look so bad when compared to a real life alternative well that's been part of the democrats' problem.
They don't have a Republican plan to compare there -- to now they're hoping this week produces one everybody says we need health care reform what's if we can get your outside.
Executive editor at The Wall Street Journal from the DC yes -- to -- you thank you.
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