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White House formally invites Republicans to healthcare summit

Washington Post, February 15, 2010

The White House formally invited Republicans on Friday to attend a healthcare summit Feb. 25, calling it "the next step" in the process of reforming the country's health insurance system and pledging to post the text of a reform proposal online before the gathering, the Washington Post reports. In a letter to lawmakers, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the half-day meeting would include the top Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and the ranking members in committees that deal with healthcare. The Obama advisers said both parties would be allowed to invite four other members each to the discussion, the Post reports.