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White House Softens on Health Care Timeline

Hatch said Republicans have offered a number of bills that would reform the system, but Democrats have ignored them.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ripped the Democratic plans as raising costs and taxes while still failing to cover millions of Americans. He said it was another example of the Democrats “rush-and-spend” politics.Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), the ranking member of the Budget Committee, touted his plan on “Fox News Sunday,” which he said would cover everyone without nationalizing health care. Gregg’s proposal includes taxing health benefits and mandating that individuals who can afford to buy insurance do so, but it would not set up a government-run plan to compete with private insurers.Gregg said that he shares Obama’s goals of providing universal coverage and cutting costs but that politics are getting in the way.“We’ve all sort of locked into our positions. It’s unfortunate,” said Gregg, Obama’s one-time pick for Commerce secretary.Gregg also noted that Obama has yet to put his own blueprint on the table.“The irony ... is the president doesn’t have a plan,” Gregg said, and he is instead deferring to Congressional Democrats to write the bill.

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