With Democrats holding the presidency, a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate, you might think that they could pass whatever legislation they want. But more than a year after Obama took office, his party's version of health care "reform" has not been passed and may be going nowhere fast.
Not to be deterred by facts, the current mantra from the Obama administration is that the Republicans, whom they label the party of NO, are holding up progress.
So, after months of private meetings regarding health care, the Obama administration has set up a bipartisan meeting with the Senate and the House of Representatives for Thursday to be open to the news media and streamed live from the Blair House.
This is serious political posturing time.
After the health care bill stalled in the fall and after the Republican victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, one might think that the Democratic Party would listen to the American people. But, no -- the press forward by the Obama administration, which has determined it knows more than anyone else, continues.
Asking for bipartisanship -- then presenting the president's plan before the meeting. Knowing that the Republicans have to show up, but that a difference in fundamental approaches (the Democratic belief that more government control will lead to solutions and the Republican belief that more government control will lead to more waste) will make it impossible to meet in the middle.
This is stagecraft at its best.
Instead of listening to the American people, President Obama is intent on speaking. "We lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are," he said to George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Jan. 20.
Evidently he is trying to make up for lost time by speaking more and listening less.
What needs to happen is for Obama to listen instead of talk. Instead of talking to a room of Washington politicians, how about asking the American people for their input?
The Center for Health Transformation, founded by my dad, former speaker Newt Gingrich, is holding an ongoing, online Summit with the American People. The goal: to discuss solutions to transform our country's health care system.