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Prez Speech Reverberates On Capitol Hill As Talks Continue

Another poll shows bounce for reform. CBS: "Last week, just 40 percent of these adults approved of how the president was handling health care. More, 47 percent, disapproved. After the speech, 52 percent said they approved and only 38 percent said they disapproved. Those are the best assessments for Mr. Obama's handling of health care shown all year by CBS News Polls."

NYT suggests Obama persuaded some House liberals to be flexible on public option, Senate moderates not to worry about cost: "Mr. Obama signaled that he could accept an alternative to a government-run insurance plan, influential Democrats who previously seemed wedded to the public insurance option hinted that they, too, might be flexible. They included the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and Representative Henry A. Waxman, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, both from California, and who both, like Mr. Obama, say they still prefer the public option, and view it as crucial to passing a bill in the House ... Senators who attended the meeting at the White House said the main topic of discussion was controlling the overall cost of the health care plan. Several said they were optimistic that they could eventually support the bill."

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