The extraordinary televised summit between President Obama and congressional leaders at Blair House Thursday was less conversation than illustration: a stark depiction of a gulf between the Democrats and Republicans on what to do next about health care.http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-02-25-health-summit-analysis_N.htm
Republicans said Democrats should "scrap this bill … and start over again on a clean sheet of paper," as House GOP leader John Boehner put it, adopting a "step-by-step" approach that would cost less and prescribe a smaller government role.
Democrats said it was imperative to act, and quickly. Some Americans "don't have time for us to start over," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said as the session started. "Many of them are at the end of the line."
The "healthcare summit" was typical Obama.
Lots of talk.
Lots of posturing.
Lots of poll tested buzz words.
Lots of fawning media coverage.