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Obama’s last-ditch health bid

President Barack Obama has made a last-ditch bid to save his reforms of US health care with a near-trillion dollar, 10-year compromise plan.

It would provide health cover for more than 31 million Americans currently uninsured without adding to the federal deficit.

It comes just four days before Mr Obama's one-of-a-kind, televised health care summit with Democrats and Republicans.

Even with the latest changes, it is highly uncertain the ambitious proposal can get through Congress.

Republicans are virtually all opposed, and some Democrats who last year supported sweeping health care changes are having second thoughts. After a year in pursuit of what was once his top domestic priority, Mr Obama may have to settle for a modest fallback.

Mr Obama's plan would be paid for by a mix of tax increases, new fees on health care industries and cost cutting.

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