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Obama healthcare summit fails to reach accord

A day-long televised healthcare summit in Washington hosted by President Barack Obama has ended without a deal to break the deadlock between parties.

Mr Obama outlined his reform plan but Republicans said it was not acceptable and called for a fresh start.

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The president and his allies want to expand health coverage to include millions of uninsured Americans.

Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said he was “discouraged by the outcome” of the summit.

He said it was “pretty clear” that Democrats and Mr Obama wanted to revive the healthcare bill passed by the Senate last December but now stalled in Congress.

“I do not believe there will be any Republican support for this 2,700 page bill,” Mr McConnell said.

‘Step closer’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Democratic Party would continue its campaign for healthcare reform.

“Those people who are struck will illness or pre-existing [health] conditions… want us to act, they want results,” she said.

“We need to have the courage to get this job done, and we will. I think today took us a step closer to improve healthcare, to lower costs and to make it much more accessible to many more Americans.”   Read full story from publisher

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