February 18, 2010
Like most things in Washington, there is a philosophical difference over health insurance reform. President Obama has invited Republicans to Blair House one week from today to see if the two sides can find common ground. I wish it were possible, but it probably isn't.
That's because the president and the Democrat leadership in Congress want government to control much of this while Republicans have faith in the free enterprise system. Progressives always want more control over our lives and less freedom.
A new Zogby poll conducted for the University of Texas Science Center has found that more than half of the respondents want to scrap the Senate and House bills and start over. Given the recent electoral upheaval, that's a good idea.
The poll also underscores the flagging public support for a major overhaul of the health care system and reinforces the importance of bipartisan health care reform. Are they listening? Probably not. Maybe they'll listen in November.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.