WASHINGTON (AP)- President Barack Obama says he's willing to start from scratch on health care, as long as the final bill meets his goals.
Answering reporters' questions Tuesday after a meeting with congressional leaders of both parties, Obama said both sides have to give ground on health care.
Republican leaders are raising doubts about an agreement on health care unless Obama agrees to shelve bills already passed by Democrats in the House and Senate a move the White House has rejected.
House GOP leader John Boehner says he's trying to figure our what the point would be if Obama insists on using Democratic legislation as the basis for discussion.
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