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Obama May Be Willing To Change Healthcare Reform Proposal

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is signaling a willingness to abandon the option of government-run insurance in an effort to open a door to compromise on health care.

The administration is willing to embrace insurance cooperatives amid mounting opposition to its original plans.

A compromise with Republicans probably would enrage Obama's liberal supporters, but could deliver a much-needed victory on a top domestic priority.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the government-run alternative is "not the essential element" of an overhaul. She tells CNN and ABC that competition for private insurers is the key.

Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota has proposed consumer-owned nonprofit cooperatives to sell insurance in competition with private industry. It's not unlike the way electric and agriculture co-ops work.

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