In it, but not of it. TPM DC
The White House says they expect real results from the meeting, and President Obama will ask Republicans to present their own comprehensive plan.
"In the last year, there has been an extraordinary effort to craft effective legislation. There have been hundreds of hours of committee hearings and mark-ups in both the House of Representatives and Senate, with nearly all of those sessions televised on C-SPAN," Emanuel and Sebelius wrote. "The Senate spent over 160 hours on the Senate floor considering health insurance reform legislation and, for the first time in history, both the House of Representatives and Senate have approved comprehensive health reform legislation. This is the closest our Nation has been to resolving this issue in the nearly 100 years that it has been debated."
Also in the letter, which the White House posted on its blog, was a note to members that they could each designate four more lawmakers to attend and participate in the meeting, along with health care policy staffers.
Emanuel and Sebelius say that Vice President Joe Biden, and Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the Office of Health Reform, and staffers from the Office of Management and Budget will be on hand. They also "hope" aides from the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation will attend.