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President lends support to states' health alternative

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With about half the states in the nation suing to overturn the new health care law, President Barack Obama is offering to let states unhappy with his health care overhaul design their own plans.

While the current law allows states to do that starting in 2017, Obama endorsed a Senate proposal that would states to submit their ideas three years earlier.

At a meeting in Washington, the president told the nation's governors their plans would need to be as affordable and comprehensive as the federal law and cover at least as many people, all without increasing the deficit.

The health care law's push to cover the uninsured comes in 2014, when many middle-class households will be able to buy subsidized coverage through new state-based insurance markets, and low-income people would be signed up for Medicaid.

States suing to overturn the law have targeted the requirement that most Americans get health insurance or face fines.

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