Despite The Augusta Chronicle's tirade that the President's Health Summit was a "trap" for Republicans ("In defense of 'no', " Feb. 24), Sen. Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate Republicans, said, "Thank you, Mr. President, for a fabulous discussion."
Not only was it fabulous, it was historic. For the first time, this president, Barack Obama, had the most transparent meeting with congressional leaders that this country had ever seen. Tea Partiers, Republicans, independents, and Democrats saw plainly that the hypocritical and heartless Republicans refuse to face the health issues of this nation.
The discussion shot down the false Republican claim that the House and Senate bills contained no Republican ideas when it was pointed out that 150 Republican amendments were incorporated into the bills.
The Republicans had one line that they had carefully rehearsed: "Let's start over again." This idea would allow thousands of Americans who do not have health care to die. It was designed to say no to health care -- the real objective of the Republicans and Tea Partiers.
At the end, the president showed leadership and forcefulness when he told the Republicans that their delaying tactics won't work anymore; that the use of the filibuster would be negated by the use of other procedures (reconciliation); and that the public would see a health-care reform bill shortly.
This was the best news for the American people, and destroyed the negative predictions and sour grapes of The Chronicle and their Tea Party friends that health-care reform is dead.
(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)