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Lamar Alexander speaks for the GOP

From NBC's Mark Murray
In a deft move, the Republicans turned to the congenial Lamar Alexander to make the GOP's opening remarks at today's health-care summit.

Alexander called for President Obama and the Democrats to start over. "This is a car that can't be recalled and can't be fixed… We need to start over."

Alexander also made this interesting argument: Congress doesn't do a good job passing comprehensive bills -- health care, immigration, energy. "We don't do comprehensive well," he said. "They fall of their own weight. Our country is too big, too complicated, too decentralized…

The Tennessee senator also said that the best way to increase health-care access is to reduce costs.

Finally, he said that if today's meeting is truly bipartisan, the White House needs to "renounce" the idea of "jamming a partisan vote on reconciliation." He added, "It has never been used for anything like this."