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Obama Plan at Health Care Summit

Obama's plan, comprised of House and Senate healthcare plans, is the focus of today's Healthcare Summit. Obama is convinced that the plan he created and posted Monday on the White House website is a perfect compromise between the gap in House and Senate plans. Obama's the fence sitting middleman between the House and Senate. He insists that there are "many areas of common ground" between Democratic and Republican health care plans but refuses to acknowledge the vast differences between them. “When I look at the ideas that are out there, there is overlap. It’s not perfect overlap. It’s not 100 percent overlap. But there’s overlap.” Obama maintains. Opposers think otherwise.

Obama insists that the focus of today's Healthcare Summit is “The basic concept is that we would set up an exchange, meaning a place where individuals and small businesses could go and get choice and competition for private health care plans, the same way that members of Congress get choice and competition for their health care plans...For people who couldn’t afford it, we would provide some subsidies. But because the pool is larger, the costs we would be smaller, because they would be in a position to negotiate.”

Opposing Obama's plan, GOP Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee, renders it “a suggestion and a request about how to make this a bipartisan and truly productive session...to renounce jamming it through in a partisan way.”

Alexander voiced concern regarding tax hikes and Medicare spending, as well as likening the Summit as "a visit to an auto show" that leaves viewers "unimpressed" and with the “That’s the same model we saw last year, and we didn’t like” feeling. Alexander would like all proposals to be scrapped and freshly rewritten: "As they say in Detroit, we think we have a better idea,” Alexander added.
Democrats are expected to comprise a healthcare plan that would allow over 30 million citizens access to insurance but Alexander voiced his party's concern that a plan like that is "It’s like giving someone a ticket to a bus line where the buses only run half the time,” because of lack of participating Medicaid doctors. Many doctors refuse new patients with Medicade because of low payments.

Mr. Obama, as expected, is also stressing the many areas of common ground that exist in various health care proposals that Democrats and Republicans have brought forward over the years – which is true, though the current differences between the parties’ positions are huge.

Obama also talked briefly about his own plan unveiled on Monday, saying the White House posted what it thinks is the best blend of the House and the Senate legislation that has already passed. “The basic concept is that we would set up an exchange, meaning a place where individuals and small businesses could go and get choice and competition for private health care plans, the same way that members of Congress get choice and competition for their health care plans,” he said. “For people who couldn’t afford it, we would provide some subsidies. But because the pool is larger, the costs we would be smaller, because they would be in a position to negotiate.”

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