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Obama to Hold Health Summit

President Obama announced he will host a bipartisan health-reform summit with the country’s congressional leaders later this month during a Super Bowl pre-game interview Sunday. “I want to come back [after the Presidents’ Day congressional recess] and have a large meeting—Republicans and Democrats—to go through, systematically, all the best ideas that are out there, and move it forward,” Obama said. The president’s announcement shows his efforts to compromise with the GOP, but he will not start his health-care reform plan anew, a White House official reported. Though both parties have reportedly been skeptical of the summit idea, the recent Democratic loss of the Senate supermajority has forced the president to modify his legislative strategy. The half-day summit, which will take place at Blair House on February 25, is his latest effort to do so.