U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement of a televised White House meeting on February 25 aimed at reviving Democrats' health care legislation:
"If the point is to listen to Republican ideas and really consider them, the President's announcement is very welcome.
"According to an AP story today, however, White House officials have made it clear "that Obama does not intend to restart the health care legislative process from scratch' and "that he's adamant about passing comprehensive reform similar to the bills passed by the House and Senate.'
"Such preconditions suggest the White House is not serious about genuine negotiations. A large majority of the American people strongly oppose the Democrats' massive bill, and Republicans will not abandon them."