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Obama Still Hasn’t Responded to Republican Offer to Discuss Health Care

Posted on | January 8, 2014 | 32 Comments

A Republican congressman says it’s been nearly a month since he and 33 colleagues offered to meet with President Obama to discuss health care reform, and they still haven’t heard back from the White House.

“In the wake of Obamacare’s numerous failures, President Obama said that if Republicans had better health care reform ideas, they should say so,” Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin said in a statement Wednesday. “That’s why 33 of my colleagues and I sent him a letter that included a list of nine proposals that would help build an open and innovative healthcare system, expand access, increase choice, and lower costs.  So far, our request for a meeting to discuss these ideas has been met with silence.  I hope President Obama meant what he said and will meet with us.  It’s not too late for a fresh start, so we can get real health care reform right.”

On Dec. 3, Obama challenged critics of his program: “If you’ve got good ideas, bring them to me. . . . [If] you still think this law is a bad idea then you’ve got to tell us specifically what you’d do differently to cut costs, cover more people, make insurance more secure.”

A week later, on Dec. 10, Griffin and 33 other GOP House members responded with a letter to the President highlighting nine separate areas of reform on which Republicans agree. “We appreciate your offer to discuss alternative proposals,” the letter said, “and we look forward to meeting with you at your earliest convenience.”

So far, apparently, that “earliest convenience” hasn’t arrived.



  • Bob Belvedere

    No shit.

  • Christy Waters

    That’s because “the election’s over and he won”.

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  • Adobe_Walls

    These clowns didn’t really expect a positive response did they? These guys are supposed to lead us out the travesty our country has become. We are so boned.

  • G21

    Sometime it seems like Republicans actually think that Hussein Obama is serious or sincere about something except his jihad for “fundamental transformation’.

    Hussein Obama’s motivated by nothing more than an instinctual hatred for a set of ideas and institutions that he is fundamentally incapable of understanding.

  • PatDissent

    So a bunch of goddamned fools from the GOP took a goddamned liar at his word? That’s more pathetic than Lindsay Lohan’s “career”.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Why would he meet with them? He won.

  • La Pucelle

    They foolishly assume he has any desire to fix health care.

  • K-Bob

    Way to fight, Republicans! Good to see you finally taking it to the President.

    What next, a letter with very little passive voice? At this rate, you’ll be all the way to Def-Con 3 (sternly-worded) in relatively little time.

    Say, have any of you seen the silver caviar knife? It’s gone missing.

  • M. Thompson

    Political theater at it’s finest.

    When it was accepted, they knew Mr. Obama had no intention of carrying it out.

  • Adjoran

    Obama had been using that phony line for months, the Republicans called him out on it. Naturally, the nutbars blame . . . the Republicans.

    Naturally Obama can’t have a real public discussion on any complex issue because he isn’t really very bright. Just glib, like every other jive talking con artist on the street.

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  • Funeral guy

    I think they just wanted it on the record that they made the effort. If the Republicans haven’t figured out that Obama is a textbook sociopath by now then they truly are The Stupid Party.

  • Quartermaster

    While it seems foolish, taking him up on his supposed offer is good optics. The question is will the GOP leadership take advantage of the fact he’s refusing?

  • rmnixondeceased

    Caviar spoon you plebeian!

  • rmnixondeceased

    Barry’s “earliest convenience” is Jan 25, 2016 … after golf.

  • richard mcenroe

    You don’t get it. A DC GOP-amended national health plan will be NO BETTER. Any government health plan that tries to run at a level above the county and state level will become just another cesspool of graft, grift and influence peddling for the Beltway bandits.
    This is just another case of the DC GOP trying to “surrender slower.”

  • richard mcenroe

    They are and they don’t care because they’re already in DC and too many of us won’t throw them out.

  • PatDissent

    Can you point to just one really smart thing the GOP has done since the Reagan Administration?

  • K-Bob

    Can’t use those anymore. The coke-heads took them all.

  • Wombat_socho

    I’m not so sure about that. I think this is more a case of the GOP (or parts of it) trying to trap Obama with his own rhetoric into admitting publicly that Obamacare was meant to fail and set us up for single-payer, or into admitting that he really doesn’t want to work with the GOP. Either one will cost the Democrats badly at the polls.

  • Quartermaster

    No, and I wish that weren’t the case. The GOP wing of the libtard establishment likes things just as they are.

  • Adobe_Walls

    What record, where is this record kept, who if anybody will remember this “on the record moment” next week? It’s merely another charade to make us think the republicans give a shit. Nothing but claptrap to bullshit the voters at home.

  • Adobe_Walls

    They do not.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Who except the very few of us (most of whom are not impressed) paying attention heard him “called out”?
    P.S. I take great pride in being one the nutbars.

  • Adobe_Walls

    You can’t trap an elephant with a single thread from a spider’s web. What will cost the bolshies at the polls is not what the Republicans say nor anything reported by the press really.
    What will hurt them is that millions of people will suffer the ill effects of Ocare and talk about in their daily lives. That is what will keep the story alive in the press. It may be from the press that Georgians learn how many Californians lost their coverage but they’ll know how bad it is locally when two out five of their siblings lose theirs.

  • Adjoran

    So the failure of media – or voters – to pay attention is leadership’s fault, then? I guess if you’re a nutbar, you can blame whoever you choose.

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  • Adobe_Walls

    My point is that given the press and the LIVs pretending t0 get something “on the record” is an exercise in failure, compounding that failure Republicans don’t know that or more likely are pretending not to know that.

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