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Obama, congressional Democrats meeting on health

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and congressional Democratic leaders are set to meet this morning to hammer out details for a final health care overhaul bill.

Democrats are hoping a White House session with President Barack Obama will narrow differences between the House and Senate.

Party officials say the White House and House and Senate negotiators seem likely to abandon a House-approved surtax on the wealthy, even as they consider extending the Medicare payroll tax to investment income of high earners.

Bargainers are also considering a combination of the national insurance exchange the House approved and the Senate's preference for letting each state establish its own exchange.

Obama's role may be pivotal. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel says he has a lot of faith in the president's "ability to be persuasive."

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