GOP sends mixed signals on health summit
Congressional Republicans sent mixed signals after President Barack Obama challenged them to participate in a one-of-a-kind televised summit with Democrats to come up with legislation on overhauling the nation’s health care.
House Republicans derided the Feb. 25 event, casting doubt on whether it would yield any bipartisan agreement to extend coverage to millions of Americans and rein in medical costs. “Are they willing to start over with a blank sheet of paper?” said Kevin Smith, a spokesman for GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio. “We need answers before we know if the White House is more interested in partisan theater than in facilitating a productive dialogue about solutions.”