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Democrats cautiously embrace Obama health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans' trashing of President Barack Obama's health care proposal bodes ill for the prospects of any deal at the bipartisan health care summit scheduled for Thursday.

Congressional Democrats cautiously embraced the new health care plan as their last hope for enacting a comprehensive overhaul.

A year after calling on Congress to act to reform the nation's costly and inefficient health care system, Obama finally produced a plan of his own yesterday. It used legislation already passed by the Senate as its starting point, making changes designed to appeal to House Democrats.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of ignoring Americans, saying the public doesn't want what he says would be "another partisan, back-room bill."

If Obama fails, the chance isn't expected to come around again anytime soon.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel says it's "the last time out."

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