Again and again and again and again, etc and so on, President Obama has called for bipartisanship (which most of us know is just mule fritter dressing), yet, today, Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communication director, destroys that same (disingenuous) Obama meme while he, himself, hypocritically calls for bipartisanship, using the forum of the official White House website
The President believes strongly that Thursday’s bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform will be most productive if both sides come to the table with a unified plan to start discussion – and if the public has the opportunity to inspect those proposals up close before the meeting happens.
That’s why yesterday the White House posted online the President’s proposal for bridging the differences between the Senate- and House-passed health insurance reform bills. The proposal puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care. It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle-class tax cuts for health care in history, it ends discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, holds insurance companies accountable, and reduces our deficit by $100 billion over the next 10 years.
But you don’t have to take our word for it: the proposal is posted right here at WhiteHouse.gov for everyone to examine. You can read through the plan’s bipartisan ideas section by section, or you can select your health care status and find out what the proposal would mean for you. You can even submit a question for our policy staff to answer.
What you can’t do just yet is read about the Republicans’ consensus plan – because so far they haven’t announced what proposal they’ll be bringing to the table. To be sure, there are many Republicans who share the President’s conviction that we need to act on reform, and there are several pieces of Republican health care legislation out there. Previously we were told this was the House Republican bill. Is it still? We look forward to hearing whether this the proposal theyll bring. The Senate Republicans have yet to post any kind of plan, so we continue to await word from them. As of right now, the American people still don’t know which one Congressional Republicans support and which one they want to present to the public on Thursday.
President Obama has been clear that his proposal isn’t the final say on legislation, and that’s what Thursday’s meeting is all about. But after a year of historic national dialogue about reform, it’s time for both sides to be clear about what their plan is to lower costs, hold insurance companies accountable, make health insurance affordable for those without it, and reduce the deficit. A collection of piecemeal and sometimes conflicting ideas won’t do.
As we said today, we’ll be happy to post the Republican plan on our website once they indicate to us which one we should post. We hope they won’t pass up this opportunity to make their case to the American people.
The Politico smacked Robert Gibbs around yesterday for the same stupidity, namely that the GOP doesnt have their own plans, you know, those same ones they were waving in the air during the Barry speech to Congress when Joe Wilson yelled You lie! They point out that there is a link on the White House website to the GOP plans.
I guess this is what Obama means by post partisan. Its rather disgusting that the Obama White House website, the official website of the POTUS, not meant to be for Obamas personal use, has now been turned into a partisan attack site. It is supposed to be for all Americans. If Obama wants to do this, let him buy a domain and pay for hosting himself.
Crossed at Pirates Cove