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Regulations and taxes are “killing business,” she said. “The cost of doing business is going up.”

“Physicians are extremely concerned,” she told an audience of about 50 women at the monthly gathering of the Conservative Women’s Network of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, adding that although doctors and other health care professionals typically are apolitical, “they are starting to speak out” against the health care reform law.

Mrs. Ellmers, 47, said doctors are accepting fewer Medicare and Medicaid patients as a result of the new health care law, which she said also is prompting older practitioners to retire earlier than they might have otherwise. She said the law prompted her to run for office, and she is working to repeal it.

DEFENSE

Gitmo closing seems unlikely

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that prospects for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp were “very, very low” given broad opposition in Congress.

President Obama so far has not been able to meet his promise to close Guantanamo, but the White House said this week he remained committed to doing so. The facility has drawn international condemnation for the treatment of detainees.

Mr. Gates, testifying to the Senate, saw little hope for any breakthrough with Congress, which approved a bill that Mr. Obama signed into law last month barring terrorism suspects at Guantanamo from being brought to the United States for trial.

“The prospects for closing Guantanamo, as best I can tell, are very, very low given very broad opposition to doing that here in the Congress,” Mr. Gates told a Senate hearing.

MEDIA

Former ‘Press’ host Monroe dies

Bill Monroe, who hosted the long-running Washington political television show “Meet the Press” for nearly a decade in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died.

A New Orleans-based television station where he had worked, WDSU, said Mr. Monroe died Thursday at a nursing home in suburban Washington. He was 90.

Mr. Monroe was the NBC show’s fourth moderator, from 1975 to 1984, and interviewed prominent political figures including President Carter and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

NBC also announced Mr. Monroe’s death on the “Meet the Press” website. Tim Russert, the best-known host of “Meet the Press,” assumed the host’s chair in 1991 after a series of short stints by others following Mr. Monroe’s departure.

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