Sunday Talk Shows Open Thread




Health insurance reform. Health insurance reform. And, health insurance reform. That pretty much sums up the discussion on the shows today. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Robert Gibbs are representing the Obama administration.

Dick Armey, the head of Freedworks, is speaking for the GOP on “Meet the Press.” He’s allied with the teabaggers and organized the town hall intimidation campaign. So, actually, he’s the perfect representative for the GOP.

Full line up after the break.

Here’s the lineup:

ABC’s “This Week” — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Sens. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

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CBS’ “Face the Nation” — White House press secretary Robert Gibbs; former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — FreedomWorks chairman and former Rep. Dick Armey, R-Texas; Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D.; R. Bruce Josten, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.; Gov. Bill Ritter, D-Colo.

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CNN’s “State of the Union” — Sebelius; Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Reps. Mike Ross, D-Ark., Tom Price, R-Ga., and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas.

“Fox News Sunday” _ Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; J. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association; John Rother, executive vice president for policy and strategy at AARP.


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