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WASHINGTON. - President Barack Obama is offering a fresh proposal for overhauling health care, days before he convenes a bipartisan health care summit.
     
His plan would provide coverage to more than 31 million Americans who are now uninsured, at an estimated cost of about $1 trillion over 10 years. It would be paid for by a mix of Medicare cuts, tax increases and new fees on health care industries.
     
It would also allow the government to deny or roll back insurance premium increases.
     
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