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Obama to Pitch New, Smaller Health-Care Bill On Wednesday


2:12 PM, Mar 1, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Nancy Pelosi said this morning that yet another health-care bill proposal will be ready "in days." It will come from the White House and will be smaller than either the House or Senate bills. Melody Barnes, a domestic policy adviser in the White House, said the new bill "borrows" from conversations during the bipartisan summit last week:

"It's going to be matter of drawing on these different ideas and coming up with the right proposal," Barnes said in an exclusive interview with Fox. "That's what my colleagues are working on. That's what they're talking with Congress about. We'll see what it looks like when the proposal is sent forward."...

"We're going to be borrowing from those come up with a bill that we hope can receive bipartisan support," Barnes said.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs indicated Friday that the White House would work on GOP ideas for health reform over the weekend. Barnes identified two: tort reform and allowing insurers to sell policies across state lines.

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