Thursday, February 18, 2010

Final Touch

The healthcare summit next week could be the final touch to passing the bill.

Key House Democrats said today they think the White House health care summit will yield some sort of final agreement allowing Congress to pass a compromise reform measure and get it to President Obama’s desk.

When and how remain large outstanding questions, but lawmakers stressed Obama’s invitation to bipartisan members to the televised summit is among the last steps on the long road to reform.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) said on a conference call with reporters today they are “not starting from scratch” despite Republicans calls to do just that.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen said repeatedly the compromise is 90 percent done, and said Obama would put “all the facts on the table” and give Republicans another chance to present their ideas.

“The House and Senate are very close to reaching a final agreement,” Van Hollen said.

Well, that would certainly be nice, and it would disprove the GOP’s talking point that nothing can come out of it unless they start from scratch.