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At healthcare summit, Obama tells Republicans he is eager to move ahead

Washington Post, February 26, 2010

At the close of a seven-hour summit with congressional leaders, President Obama declared that the time for healthcare reform debate was over and sent a clear message that Democrats will move forward to pass major legislation with or without Republican support, the Washington Post reports. During the summit, Republicans said that they share Democrats' assessment that the healthcare system is broken, but that they view the pending legislation assembled by Democrats as deeply flawed. They questioned fundamental elements of the Democrats' approach, including whether it is appropriate for the government to set standards for coverage or require individuals to buy insurance, the Post reports.