Considering Obama’s approval rating is now at -19, the White House is trying to stop looking like a Chinese tank in Tiananmen square by doing this:
The White House is offering to share Republicans’ healthcare alternative on its website before the two sides sit down for their bipartisan summit later this week.
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made the political overture during his press briefing on Monday, telling reporters he would be “happy to post” the GOP plan next to the proposal President Barack Obama unveiled and published online earlier in the day.
Gibbs said that arrangement would ensure the “American people can come to one location and find out the parameters of what will largely be discussed on Thursday.”
The Republicans have gone on the offensive with this petition to Start Over On Healthcare Reform:
President Obama’s initial attempt to seize control of one-sixth of the U.S. economy by nationalizing the American health care system has failed.
But serious issues continue to plague our health insurance system, and they must be addressed.
Now is the time to start over on health insurance reform and do it right.
We ask that President Obama and Congressional Democrats join with Republican leaders to start over on health insurance reform.
We ask that they help craft sensible reforms designed to lower costs and expand access without violating individual rights or the integrity of the market.
We ask that they enact medical liability reform and put an end to frivolous lawsuits that drive up the cost of medicine.
We ask that they allow individuals and small businesses to pool together to purchase high-quality affordable health care coverage.
We ask that they allow Americans to shop for health care coverage from coast to coast and purchase insurance policies across state lines.
We ask that they create new incentives to save for current and future health care needs by allowing people to use their health savings accounts funds to pay premiums for high deductible health plans.
We ask that they guarantee individuals with pre-existing conditions or past illnesses access to affordable coverage through the expansion of state-based, high-risk pools, and reinsurance programs.
We reject any attempt by the federal government to force any American to purchase an unwanted insurance plan.
We reject any attempt to implement a government-run insurance program.
We reject individual mandates, rationing, and special deals for any state.
We reject a separate set of rules for government and private sector health insurance purchases.
We oppose any plan that betrays our senior citizens by cutting Medicare coverage, or that allocates taxpayer funds to pay for abortion.
We reject any proposal that authorizes a government takeover of any portion of our health care system.
We ask that Congress and the President above all pledge to ensure the constitutionality of any health insurance reform legislation considered by the federal government.
We implore the President and his allies to listen to the will of the American people and start over on health insurance reform.
Why do I feel like a little tiny mouse caught between two very large, hungry cats?