- Obama has an excellent command of the issue and caustic sense of humor ("Let me guess: That's the 2400-page bill.").
- I'm so glad that John McCain isn't president.
- How did Rep. Eric Cantor (VA) rise so high in the Republican party? He's barely coherent
- Kathleen Sebelius is sharp.
- Obama keeps using the summit as an opportunity for education. He's good at explaining the nuances, but does anybody want to hear?
- Republican plaints that they want health care reform but not mandates might not make sense but it could be good politics.
- Cantor keeps arguing that the government shouldn't define what standard health care benefits are. Unfortunately, the response has been technical rather rhetorical, meaning that someone ought to point out that right now it's the insurance companies that define benefits.
- Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, commenting on MSBC, just took Obama to task for not negotiating with Republicans. But they're the ones who have said at every turn this morning that the philosophical differences are too far apart to negotiate. Pence repeated the Republican mantra that the current bill must be scrapped and the process started anew (which of course they are too disingenuous to admit means killing health care reform). Pence also claimed that Obama didn't show Republicans respect, as if they've shown him any.
- Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) made an impassioned case for legislation that makes it illegal to not offer coverage because of preexisting conditions. Everyone, including Republicans, agree, but what the R's won't admit is that this requires a general mandate...
Commentator Chris Matthews says that it's up to the Democratic party to pass health care reform, noting that with the odd exception of Richard Nixon, Republicans historically have had no interest in health care expansion...