By Tony Romm - 02/25/10 04:15 PM EST
Congressional leaders will take to YouTube after Thursday's bipartisan healthcare summit to answer viewers' questions about the debate.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) will participate in the discussion, fielding a selection of questions approved by YouTube's users.
So far, only about an hour into the summit, nearly 1,000 users have submitted more than 500 questions and cast well over 12,000 votes.
Nevertheless, the entire project is reminiscent of the 2008 presidential election, during which YouTube teamed up with reporters to produce two debates comprised entirely of user-submitted videos.
But it isn't the only online effort complementing Thursday's televised healthcare talks at the Blair House, led by President Barack Obama and including top lawmakers from both chambers of Congress.
While Democrats defend their case for healthcare reform, stressing their merits of their latest bill, Republicans are firing back in an online, participatory "fact checking" live blog.
"We will offer real-time fact-checking of the claims made by President Obama and Congressional Democrats regarding health care reform, and will promote ideas from both House and Senate Republican leaders to lower costs, improve quality and increase access," GOP leaders wrote.