* Shares rise 2.4 pct (Adds detail about talc verdict in last paragraph)
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signaled support for a bipartisan healthcare deal in the U.S. Senate, saying it was a short-term fix to get through a "very dangerous little period" but not the ultimate answer to U.S. healthcare needs.
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on Tuesday he had reached a deal with Democratic Senator Patty Murray to stabilize Obamacare, including reinstating federal subsidies that President Donald Trump jettisoned last week.
* Shares up more than 5 percent after forecast (Adds details on UNH association plans, background on Obamacare)
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he believed Republicans had enough votes to pass a healthcare bill that would allocate block grants to states.
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