President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden cross Pennsylvania Avenue as they walk from the White House to Blair House for a meeting with House and Senate leaders to discuss health insurance reform on Feb. 25.
It doesn’t seem possible, but it could maybe perhaps be the case that some kind of resolution in the health care reform saga might be achievable soon. At least that’s the tone President Barack Obama struck in a letter he sent Tuesday to prominent members of Congress that included conciliatory language on the subject of four ideas advanced by Republicans at last week’s health care summit. —KA
“The Oval” in USA Today:
The GOP ideas—discussed at last week’s bipartisan health care summit—include expanding the use of fraud investigators disguised as patients to uncover waste and abuse in federal programs such as Medicaid, a proposal made by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Obama also says he’s open to bigger pilot programs on possible changes to the rules governing medical malpractice lawsuits, a longtime GOP issue.
Obama also wrote that he is open to the idea of higher Medicaid reimbursements for doctors, as proposed by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. And the president pledged to look at expanded use of health savings accounts, as discussed last week by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. Barrasso and Coburn were among the medical doctor-lawmakers who participated in the summit.