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The bi-partisan healthcare summit was a bust.

Surprise, surprise, surprise.

After all — the point of the summit wasn’t to exchange ideas, or to craft a real bill. The point was another photo op that got healthcare back on the front page — precisely whatthe President wants.

In case you missed it, Senator Frist had a great op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning talking about the implications of using budget reconcilation in the Senate to pass this bill. Worth reading.

I again urge Republicans to split insurance reform from so called healthcare reform.

Insurance reform is a slam dunk. American’s want insurance reform. The Republicans have a great opportunity to fill the leadership gap and to produce a bill that the Dems will be hard pressed not to support. The Dems will argue that it doesn’t go far enough and therefore they can’t support the bill, yet with a proper public relations campaign the American public will quickly see that the provisions that the public wants are now being endorsed by the Republicans and blocked by the Democrats.

The bottom line problem with the summit is that the Dems want social reform. The Reps want healthcare reform.

They are not the same.

The Dems can get what they want through the Senate. The House may be surprisingly difficult. If they elect to go this course, it will be most interesting to see voter reaction.