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As Democrats seek to push through health bill, Obama reaches out to Republicans

Washington Post, March 3, 2010

As Democrats prepared an effort to move healthcare legislation to final passage, President Obama proposed incorporating a handful of GOP ideas into health reform efforts. Obama's gesture to include GOP-backed provisions on cutting health costs and preventing fraud appeared to strengthen the resolve of congressional Democrats, the Washington Post reports. Obama also expressed interest in a move by GOP lawmakers to increase payments to doctors who treat Medicaid patients, provided Congress address the issue "in a fiscally responsible manner."