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Healthcare Summit at the Blair House (17 images)

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A lengthy healthcare meeting ended with U.S. President Barack Obama singling a close to debate and saying Democrats would proceed with their reforms.

Obama led the Blair House Project, inviting members of Congress to a daylong session to discuss healthcare reform. There was little new ground covered in the meeting as Republicans asked that Democrats' proposed plans be tossed and a new start made while Democrats -- led by Obama -- suggested the issue would soon be resolved from the blueprints on the table.

And if that meant moving without Republican congressional votes, so be it. Obama, apparently ignoring the many polls that indicate the U.S. public doesn't like the overall Democratic reform plan -- said Americans don't want lawmakers to wait. He suggested there was only one poll that matters: "That's what elections are for," he said.

So Obama laid down a soft deadline of "a month's time or a few weeks' time" for bipartisanship to hit Capitol Hill.

"And if we can't (resolve the legislation), then I think we've got to go ahead and make some decision."

That means Democrats will blend the massive House of Representatives bill (cost: $1 trillion), the lengthy Senate version (cost: $890 billion) and the White House plan announced Monday (cost: $1 trillion) and bypass possible procedural roadblocks to pass legislation solely with Democratic votes.

Republicans, who say the Democrats' plans all represent a government takeover of U.S. healthcare, are decrying the possible use of the so-called nuclear option of reconciliation, just as Democrats did when Republicans used the scheme to their advantage.

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks at a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress to discuss health reform legislation at the Blair House in Washington, on February 25, 2010. Next to President Obama are (L to R) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Minority Leader John Boehner. UPI/Shawn Thew/Pool
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Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (L) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) talk to each other as they wait the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama at a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress to discuss health reform legislation at the Blair House in Washington, on February 25, 2010. UPI/Shawn Thew/Pool
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) (R) watch House Minority Leader John Boehner pick up a stack of health care documents as they wait the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama at a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress to discuss health reform legislation at the Blair House in Washington, on February 25, 2010. UPI/Shawn Thew/Pool
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) talk to each other as they wait the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama at a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress to discuss health reform legislation at the Blair House in Washington, on February 25, 2010. UPI/Shawn Thew/Pool
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) speak to each other prior to the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama at a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress to discuss health reform legislation at the Blair House in Washington, on February 25, 2010. UPI/Shawn Thew/Pool
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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks, as Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens, at a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress to discuss health reform legislation at the Blair House in Washington, on February 25, 2010. UPI/Shawn Thew/Pool
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (2nd L) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) (2nd R) talk to each other as they wait the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama at a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress to discuss health reform legislation at the Blair House in Washington, on February 25, 2010. UPI/Shawn Thew/Pool
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