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Obama promises health overhaul with or without GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama meets today with a bipartisan group of senators who have been negotiating health care reform legislation.

The president says he's encouraged that the three Democratic and three Republican senators on the Senate Finance Committee continue to negotiate. But in an interview with MSNBC, Obama signals impatience that the talks haven't yet produced legislation.

The president says he's determined to get an overhaul of the health care system before year's end, without bipartisan support, if necessary.

His comments reflect a growing sense among Democrats that they may have to carry the legislation to expand coverage and try to control medical costs with votes from lawmakers of their own party - or at best a handful of Republicans.

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