On health care, it’s High Noon at the OK Corral.
Actually, it’s 10 a.m. at Blair House. That’s when top Congressional Democrats will sit down across the table from top Congressional Republicans – with President Obama as referee – to see if they can hammer out a bipartisan agreement on health care reform.
Don’t hold your breath. This is one event for which there are no high expectations.
President Obama put his proposal on the table, four days ago. But, as yet, Republicans have put forth nothing. Because they have no ideas. They don’t want any health care reform. They are coming to the summit only to find fault with anything suggested by Democrats.
In which case, the summit is a waste of time. Except to oppose Republican leaders of Congress as the good-for-nothing bunch they are.
Which leaves no doubt on what Democrats should do next. Forget about the Republicans. Take the President’s plan, add a public plan option to it, and then push it through the Senate with 51 votes.
Then let Democrats take credit for extending health care to 30 million Americans.
And let Republicans explain why they opposed it.
That’s my parting shot for today.