Reeves Brown: Summit was ‘a bunch of talking points’

Health-care legislation survived a summit involving President Obama and legislative leaders Thursday, but its prognosis remained unclear, observers said.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., called the six-hour meeting a “constructive discussion,” while Reeves Brown, the executive director of Western Slope lobbying group Club 20, said it amounted to “a bunch of talking points.”

The conversation, however, should go on, Brown said, “by taking this legitimate discussion out of the partisan circus of Washington and reconvening it among a diverse group of thoughtful citizens who can look at the issue through the lens of common sense.”

There were points of disagreement, Udall said, “but, when you cut out the political posturing, which is, unfortunately, hard to do in Washington, I think it was clear today that members of both parties agree on far more than they disagree.”

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.,  said he appreciated the willingness of both parties to participate in the summit, because families are coping with premium increases or the loss of coverage altogether.

“The real test will be in the coming days and weeks to see if we can construct a political conversation that is worthy of the American people,” Bennet said in a statement.

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., whose 3rd Congressional District includes most of the Western Slope, said Salazar is hopeful that opponents of health care legislation will offer compromises that will allow Congress to move forward.


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