President Obama to make healthcare compromises

By WKTV News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - He's including their ideas, but he's not winning their support. Republicans who offered the suggestions that President Barack Obama is including in his latest health care reform plan say it's not going to get them to change their votes.

Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa still opposes much of what Obama wants to do. He has pushed for higher Medicaid payments to doctors, an idea Obama is now embracing.

Still, Democratic congressional leaders hope Obama's move will help breathe new life into the effort to pass an overhaul.

They hope to muscle the overhaul package through Congress by month's end or sooner. Republican opposition is expected to be unanimous, setting up a pivotal issue for the November congressional elections.

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