President Obama was joined at Thursday's health care summit by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner, among others.
After nearly seven hours of televised debate, President Obama and fellow Democrats find little common ground with Republicans on how to salvage a health care overhaul.
What about the cost of premiums? Coverage with pre-existing conditions? NPR tackles your questions.()
November 19, 2009 The health care overhaul debate in Congress now centers on two bills: the House measure and the Senate Democrats' version unveiled Wednesday. They differ in important ways. Here are commonly asked questions and answers about the bills.
November 19, 2009 Majority Leader Harry Reid added new taxes and modified major provisions from earlier Senate committee bills. The bill is expected to go to the Senate floor.
November 18, 2009 Some say moving kids from the Children's Health Insurance Program to health exchanges would add stability, but others fear they could lose benefits and their families could face higher co-payments for coverage.
December 24, 2009 The Senate approved the landmark health bill early Christmas Eve, a key step for President Obama and the Democrats in moving forward with health overhaul. But the debate is far from over. The Senate and the House will have to reconcile their different versions.
November 17, 2009 Dr. Richard "Buz" Cooper doesn't mince words as he challenges highly-respected research that asserts hospitals and doctors waste up to $700 billion a year on unnecessary testing and treatment. He says the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care doesn't adequately account for the health care needs of poor people.
November 13, 2009 The people in Southeastern Kentucky have the poorest health in the country. Since many people there already qualify for subsidies, some experts say the current health overhaul initiatives won't change much. Instead, a health care overhaul has to address the roots of the health problems.
November 11, 2009 The House-passed health bill includes an amendment that bars insurers from selling policies that cover abortion to anyone who gets a federal subsidy. Many states already have similar policies.
November 11, 2009 A key principle of the Republican health care plan is that individuals should be allowed to buy health insurance from companies licensed in any state. Critics say this would erode consumer protections and not save money.
November 9, 2009 Democrats get new momentum from House passage of a health care bill, but face new tests in bridging differences within the party — and between the chambers — on cost, financing and coverage.
November 6, 2009 Californians wait in line for Orange County's emergency dental clinic. Since the economic crisis, the state has cut back on services for people who would have been covered by Medi-Cal, the insurance program for the poor.