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February 26th, 2010
11:04 AM ET

Let's hope health summit wasn't a fraud

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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

There was a lot to appreciate in yesterday's bipartisan White House health care summit between President Obama and members of Congress.

No really. This is the kind of thing that our leaders ought to do three or four times a year on a variety of issues - from Social Security to education to immigration to job creation. Why not? Put aside the sound bites and partisan barbs. Get beyond the dueling appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows. And bring your best ideas and most constructive suggestions to the table.

Obama deserves credit for convening the meeting. His opening remarks were good, especially when he talked about the rising costs of health insurance premiums, the "exploding costs of Medicare and Medicaid," and how he wanted to "make sure that this discussion is actually a discussion and not just us trading talking points."

I also appreciated his candid discussion of health scares years ago involving his own daughters and how he wondered "What would have happened if I didn't have reliable health care?" And his acknowledgement that "Everybody here understands the desperation that people feel when they're sick."

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