Obama Retools Health Care Plan

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President Obama is unveiling his revised blueprint for health care reform Wednesday, which is expected to include a few Republican proposals,

Although the plan is unlikely to win any GOP support, it might persuade some reluctant Democrats to sign on.

Obama wants Congress to pass health care reform legislation before he travels to Asia later this month.

His retooled plan includes some Republican ideas from last week's health summit in Washington, D.C. -- such as investigating health care providers for fraud and reforming medical malpractice laws.

Democrats have been trying to line up enough votes for passage in the House.

"Our legislation will have legislation that is affordable for the middle class and holds the insurance companies accountable in doing so," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, Democrats are prepared to use a controversial procedure called reconciliation to bypass a Republican filibuster. It would allow approval by a simple majority vote.

The reconciliation idea has raised charges of partisanship.

Obama argued his health care overhaul will reduce the federal deficit, so he thinks it's an acceptable tactic. But Republicans say most Americans do not support the overhaul, and reconciliation is only being used to ram the bill through Congress.

"It won't work," said Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D. "It won't work because it was never designed for that kind of significant legislation."

"If more money and more government were the answer, we would have fixed health care a long time ago," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said.

Republicans contend the plan is too expensive, and will only add to America's ballooning budget deficits.

"We need to start over," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. "That's what the American people want us to do."

Even with a few Republican ideas included in the plan, Republican opposition is expected to be unanimous, setting up a pivotal issue for the November congressional elections.  

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