On Monday, February 22, 2010 the White House issued proposals for health care reform that have received praise by Democratic lawmakers. On the other hand, Republicans have expressed their disappointment, stating that the proposals are a sign of how little GOP input is in the plan.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a written statement, “It’s disappointing that Democrats in Washington either aren’t listening, or are completely ignoring what Americans across the country have been saying.”
While Republicans insist that the plan does not reflect a bipartisan agreement, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs argued that 160 Republican amendments were included in varying pieces of legislation that made its way through the House and Senate.
He went on to explain that “inexplicably, all those ideas weren’t good enough.”
Republicans have agreed to meet at the White House on Thursday February 25, 2010 for a summit on health care. Although both parties will continue to debate the future of health care, FOX 10 reported that Republicans are heading to the summit with a dim view of the outcome.