In the spirit of cooperation and straight gettin’ stuff done, the House GOP is threatening to boycott a bipartisan health care summit if they don’t get exactly what they want: a complete do-over on health care.
Nevermind that they were soundly defeated by near-record margins in 2008 and that this issue has been debated for a year, to the GOP, the definition of America speaking is a special election in Massachusetts. We’ll of course keep that in mind if Massachusetts ever hold a referendum on gay marriage.
From the Washington Post:
Leading House Republicans raised the prospect Monday night that they might refuse to participate in President Obama’s proposed health care summit if the White House chooses not to scrap the existing reform bills and start over.
In a letter to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) expressed frustration at reports that Obama intends to put the Democratic bills on the table for discussion at the Feb. 25 summit.
“If the starting point for this meeting is the job-killing bills the American people have already soundly rejected, Republicans would rightly be reluctant to participate,” Boehner and Cantor wrote.