From Sunlen Miller
Emerging from the first half of the six-house health care summit, President Obama said that the negotiations thus far were interesting, but did not indicate whether yet he believed there has been progress yet after three hours of debate.
“It's interesting,” Obama said to reporters, “I mean I don't know if it’s interesting watching it on TV or if it’s interesting being a part of it."
The president said that he believes there are areas where they are finding agreement, but did not out right answer a reporter’s question if he believes the first half of the summit had made progress yet.
“"I think we’re establishing that there are actually some areas of real agreement. And we’re starting to focus on what the real disagreements are,” Obama said, “ If you look at you know the issue of how much government should be involved, you know the argument that republicans are making really isn’t that this is a government takeover of health care but rather than, we’re insuring or we’re regulating the insurance market too much.”
The president called this a “legitimate philosophical disagreement” that he hopes to explore more in the afternoon sessions.
The president will have lunch and then return to the summit – a total of six hours – which is anticipated to go until 4 pm this afternoon.