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Obama offers states health care leeway
San Francisco Chronicle

President Barack Obama is offering to let states unhappy with his health care overhaul design their own plans as long as they fulfill the goals of his landmark law.

The law already allows states to submit their own plans, but not until 2017. A White House proposal provided Monday to The Associated Press says states would be able to offer their plans for federal approval three years earlier. These could include alternatives to the unpopular requirement that most Americans get health insurance.