Health Care Spat As GOP Tells Gibbs He’s Dueling With Straw Man

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Will Republicans attend the health care summit at the White House next week?

They’ve voiced their loud complaints, and the White House has fired back, saying the GOP is hypocritical since the Republicans called for the televised meeting to begin with.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today the Republicans haven’t yet accepted the invitation that President Obama’s staffers sent on Friday.

We can’t get a straight answer out of Republicans, but not for lack of trying.Minority Leader John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel told TPMDC today that the GOP has posted their health care plan here and that it lowers premiums for families and small businesses by up to 10 percent.

Steel adds:

Republicans have been listening to the American people, who want health care reforms that lower costs, not Washington Democrats’ job-killing government takeover. … Mr. Gibbs is dueling with a straw man that his own boss, the President of the United States, demolished quite thoroughly when he visited the House GOP Retreat in Baltimore and acknowledged he has read what we think are our better ideas for reforming health care.