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Obama, GOP seek accord

Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2010

President Barack Obama and leading lawmakers from both parties met at the White House to showcase potential areas of cooperation, the Wall Street Journal reports. On healthcare, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the meeting the president should start from scratch. But President Obama repeated he was open to new approaches as long as they achieve his goals, and argued that many Republican ideas are already in the pending bills. The president said he would consider new limits on medical-malpractice lawsuits, but suggested this policy would have only a minimal impact on the rising cost of care and would have to be coupled with other changes. But Obama said he hoped that a bipartisan health summit set for Feb. 25 would be a serious conversation on the issue, the Journal reports.