February 25, 2010 / 6:11 AM / 10 years ago

Obama urges Republican "soul-searching" on healthcare

President Barack Obama (C) walks between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (L) and House Minority Leader John Boehner at the beginning of a bipartisan meeting to discuss health reform legislation at Blair House in Washington, February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Republican “soul-searching” on heathcare reform, saying if there is no progress soon toward a deal he and his fellow Democrats would have to go ahead and make decisions on how to proceed.

“If we saw movement, significant movement, not just gestures, then you wouldn’t need to start over because everybody here knows what the issues are. And procedurally it could get done fairly quickly,” Obama said, wrapping up a bipartisan summit aimed at reviving his stalled healthcare overhaul.

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick

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