Obama Keeps All Dem HC Option on Table

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic leaders are tweaking the Senate health care bill that passed last year to make it more palatable to the House of Representatives.

The proposal will be posted online by the White House on Monday. That's three days ahead of President Barack Obama's Feb. 25 bipartisan summit with congressional leaders, giving everyone 72 hours to read the plan.

Officials have signaled they plan to use controversial parliamentary maneuvers that allow them to pass the plan without Republican support.

It's a sign that Democrats plan to continue pushing an aggressive agenda despite the loss of their super majority in the Senate.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., says health care got a bad rap because it was never thoroughly explained to Americans.

"We spent so long arguing over it people said, 'Ah, the heck with you people. We're just tired of listening to you' and so they sort of turned off," Rockefeller said. "That's the worst thing that can happen for health care."

The plan has an estimated cost of about $1 trillion over 10 years.

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