When President Obama opened today's summit on health care reform at the White House, he said:
In this effort, every voice has to be heard. Every idea must be considered.
Of course, he spoke those words to a room that contained not a single advocate of free-market health care reform.
- No one from the American Enterprise Institute (ranked the #5 think tank in the world for health policy)
- No one from the Cato Institute (ranked #7)
- No one from the National Center for Policy Analysis (ranked #10)
- No one from the Manhattan Institute
- No one from the Pacific Research Institute
- No one from the Galen Institute
- No one from the Heritage Foundation
- The list goes on...
Obama did, however, invite people from left-wing think tanks, including avowed advocates of socialized medicine. That makes Obama's pledge of openness a farce, and today's event a charade.
Or as my colleague Wayne Crews puts it: it's a ditch, not a summit.