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White House: Dems near accord on health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says President Barack Obama plans to have a health care proposal ahead of his Feb. 25 summit.

Sebelius says the plan "will take some of the best ideas and put them into a framework." The White House plans to post the proposals online by Monday morning.

A senior White House official says Democratic negotiators are resolving final differences in House and Senate health bills that passed last year.

The new proposal will be designed to win passage without Republican support. That signals that Democrats still plan to use assertive and sometimes controversial parliamentary powers to enact a far-reaching health care bill if no GOP lawmakers get on board.

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she's optimistic that a new bill will come out of the bipartisan summit. She tells The Associated Press that if bickering is put aside, a bill could be passed within six weeks.

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