Seven Hours At The Blair House: The Bipartisan Health Care Summit

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February 25, 2010: Lawmakers from both parties meet with President Obama at the Blair House to discuss health care reform. The meeting lasts for seven hours. Check out TPM’s full coverage of the summit.

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Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listen to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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House Minority Leader John Boehner enters the room. Boehner and other Republicans said ahead of the meeting that the only compromise they would accept would be to scrap the current bills and start over.

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Obama and Vice President Biden listen. The White House made clear before the summit that Democrats would not throw out the bills that have already passed.

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Boehner and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) chat.

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The Democratic leadership: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Remember the Gang of Six? Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) at the summit. The other Republican senator in the “gang,” Olympia Snowe, declined an invitation from the White House.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Chris Dodd (D-CT) confer. Schumer is the highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate to sign a letter urging leadership to pass a public option via reconciliation.

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Obama speaks with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) after the summit, which went more than an hour over time. Watch Obama’s closing remarks.

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A small group of demonstrators protests outside the Blair House during the summit.

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