Friday, January 29, 2010

Blackburn Asks the President a Question

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

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President Obama submitted to a little Q&A with flame-throwing congressional Republicans today, and they mainly set aside their blow torches to appear like reasonable adults before the TV cameras. Republicans do have ideas (they do! they do! they do!) and it's Obama who's the obstructionist in Washington. Here's what our own Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a real policy maven, asked the president:
Blackburn: [W]e're concerned also that there are lessons learned from public option health care plans that maybe are not being heeded. And certainly in my state of Tennessee, we were the test case for public option health care in 1994. And our Democrat government has even cautioned that maybe our experiences there would provide some lessons learned that should be heeded and would provide guidance for us to go forward.

And as you said, what we should be doing is tossing old ideas out, bad ideas out, and moving forward and refining good ideas. And certainly we would welcome that opportunity.

So my question to you is, when will we look forward to starting anew and sitting down with you to put all of these ideas on the table, to look at these lessons learned, to benefit from that experience, and to produce a product that is going to reduce government interference, reduce cost and be fair to the American taxpayer?

Obama: The component parts of this thing are pretty similar to what Howard Baker, Bob Dole and Tom Daschle proposed at the beginning of this debate last year.

Now, you may not agree with Bob Dole and Howard Baker and Tom -- and certainly you don't agree with Tom Daschle on much . . .

(LAUGHTER)

. . . but that's not a radical bunch. But if you were to listen to the debate, and, frankly, how some of you went after this bill, you'd think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot.

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