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CHICAGO - America's largest group of doctors ended their annual meeting Wednesday by signaling they won't close the door on President Barack Obama's proposal to create a public health insurance plan to compete with private insurers.
While the Obama administration would have preferred a strong endorsement, the vote by American Medical Association doctors is a victory of sorts for the White House and the group will continue to be a player in the president's health care reform efforts.
"They're going to be at the table," said Paul Ginsburg, president of the Washington-based Center fo
The United States is the only developed nation that does not have a comprehensive national health care plan for all its citizens, and Obama campaigned on a promise to offer affordable health care to all Americans. But the recession and a deepening budget deficit have made it difficult to win support for costly new programs.