Obama Takes the Healthcare Debate Public

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On Thursday of next week, President Obama will host an unprecedented televised bipartisan negotiation on healthcare reform. Already there is partisan jousting over the ground rules. Republican Congressional leaders want to start the meeting with a blank slate; President plans to use a single compromise version of the bills passed by the House and Senate as his negotiating starting point. But will the President and Congressional Democrats be able to agree on a single bill? Will Obama's mastery at the microphone carry the day, or will Republican attacks on the bill's policies drive the final nails in the coffin of healthcare reform?