Lead-Up to Health Care Summit Discussed on CNBC

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... president's bill. so i'm hopeful we'll hear backtracking by the. the to say, hey, it's time for us to really get off of this bill and begin a way and a path we can improve health care for folks. >> when you -- >> here now with majority's expectations for the meeting, stoyer joins us from the hill. >> good to see you. >> i keep going back to halftime, where they took the colts by surprise, is there anything in the offing from democrats today? >> i doubt that's going to be the case. i think the american public probably know pretty well what to discuss and that's a discussion of one of the most serious issues confronteding our country, that's the cost of health care, availability of health care to our families and to our businesses and the cost to our country. the americans i talk to all over this country understand that health care needs to be reformed. and i think most republicans will say the same. i think the american public are going to hear a full open discussion of each side's views and hopefully they'll see some areas of accommodation and agreement. i'm looking forward to that myself. >> you know better than most how the bill's been polling, trending over time. i wonder what would be wrong with some kind of surprising attention-getting compromise, concession, that shows republicans you're serious and almost shames them into compromising with you. >> you say that. many, many of the republican ideas are included in the senate bill, the house bill and the president's proposal compromise, which he just put on the table monday. so there have been new ideas put on the table. there are significant areas of agreement in terms of discrimination against young people, of families, of limits, many of the things we've talked about in our bill, republicans have talked about, as well. i think the american public will see that. i'm hopeful they do. and i'm hopeful there will be surprises on the republican side as well. frankly, there's been not much response when i've talked to some of the republicans about what areas of real compromise there would be. now, there are obviously very limited proposals the republicans have made. i want to talk to you about the polling data because i think the republicans talk about that. and i think americans are rightfully concerned that there's not agreement, seems to be conflict, they're concerned about what direction we're going and whether it's going to affect them positively or negatively. but when you ask americans about the individual items we're addressing, uniformally we're getting 60%, 65%, 70% on the individual items that are in the bill, including the fact that americans think it needs to be comprehensive. you get very high numbers. when it comes to the process and looking at what's happening in washington, they're not pleased. very frankly, i'm not pleased either. >> does that mean americans are seeking a more incremental approach than over a comprehensions ive bill? >> actually, the polling shows they think it needs to be bigger rather than smaller. they know this is a big problem. they know costs are escalating for them, for their businesses, for the country. they know that's not sustainable for their families. so they know there needs to be big changes. they want to make sure those changes don't adversely effect them. if they got their insurance, they like it, they want to make sure they don't take it away and we're certainly not going to do that. you know what the bill does is provide what republicans have advocated for. that is a free market open, transparent marketplace for people to purchase insurance. if they can't afford it, it gives them some help to do so. so i think that americans basically are supportive of the principles of the bill. they're concerned about what, i think, perhaps, is the process and the confrontation, the conflict, which gives them unease, as it should. >> yeah. how seriously should we be taking reports of a fallback proposal? a smaller bill, a quarter of the costs to covering 15 million people, if in fact the big one doesn't get the support it needs? >> obviously, the president has indicated he wants to have a comprehensive bill to keep costs down and make affordable health care available for all americans. that will bring costs down, including those who have insurance now. but the president, like all of us, understands that in a democracy you do the possible. you do what you can create consensus on and you can pass. and you do the best you can. so i think the president's open to that. the president, and i certainly agree with that, believes if we'ring really going to effect the reforms that republicans and ...