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Climbing the health care summit: President, Republicans grapple with reform

Feb 25, 2010

The made-for-TV health care reform summit, called by President Obama, should be wrapping up by late Thursday afternoon—while all of the combatants, from cabinet secretaries to Republican Congressional leadership and the President himself, will have had their say on the health reform debate, will we be any closer to a new policy on health care? Probably not, but we should have a better sense of the chances for either a huge break through or more incremental legislation. Either way the clash of ideas will be on display: nationalized, single-payer government run insurance vs. free market reforms to allow more or more competition in the private insurance business; taxing high priced insurance plans vs. more tax credits for individuals to buy their own insurance. Whose ideas will win out?

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