From Congressman Dave Camp
Conservative Congressmen and women are planning a meeting with health care professionals and businessmen to discuss options and see if there is a better way to solve the problem. Certain Democrats are warning the health care people to not even attend the meeting or else.
Russell Sullivan, the top staffer on Finance, and Jon Selib, Baucus’ chief of staff, met with a bloc of more than 20 contract lobbyists, including several former Baucus aides.
“They said, ‘Republicans are having this meeting and you need to let all of your clients know if they have someone there, that will be viewed as a hostile act,’” said a Democratic lobbyist who attended the meeting.
“Going to the Republican meeting will say, ‘I’m interested in working with Republicans to stop health care reform,’” the lobbyist added.
Listening to the other side is hostile act? Isn't hearing all sides the best way to determine the most desirable outcome -- unless that outcome is a challenge to your personal power? It's power and not results that matter anymore.
If you even listen to the other side or talk to them you will be punished! I guess we're now a one-party state.
But with Baucus’ office still warning dissenters that anyone who makes their opposition public could be permanently excluded from future negotiations, the groups representing businesses, health care providers, hospitals and similar stakeholders are still wavering on whether to voice their concerns publicly.
What does it sound like to you?