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Health summit exposes irreconcilable differences
USA Today

Only a cockeyed optimist would have expected participants in President Obama’s health reform summit on Thursday to emerge from Blair House with a bipartisan agreement. But it was possible to hope for a glimmer of progress, and even that didn’t happen.

The takeaway from more than six hours of debate about health policy — which felt at times like an endless Thanksgiving dinner with two families whose members can barely stand each other — was that Republicans and Democrats are still too far apart to make a deal on anything beyond minor matters.