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“The president can convince people that it will ensure stability and relieve them of some of this economic anxiety that plagues all of us,” he said.

He said he’s encouraged that major business groups have been at the table for months, and have not jumped out of discussions even as the debate heated up this summer.

Republicans said there’s also agreement on all sides for some type of malpractice reform, which has helped drive up the cost of insurance, and on allowing small businesses to pool together to get better rates.

But unlike Mr. Neas, Republicans said a bill shouldn’t go beyond those areas where there’s a strong bipartisan majority.

“I would hope the president would soon realize that that’s what the American people want,” said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. “They want the current system to work better. They don’t want it replaced with a big, government-run plan.”