A compromise bill that passed the Congress at the last minute included provisions that will reverberate through the nation's health care system. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bargain Over Fiscal Cliff Brings Changes To Health Care

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio (right), and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., enter a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base near Honolulu, Hawaii, Wednesday. Obama returned to Hawaii to continue his vacation — prompting questions about how he will sign the fiscal cliff bill. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama was in the Oval Office late Tuesday night as the House finished voting on the "fiscal cliff" deal. After praising the passage, he left for Hawaii to resume a vacation with his family. Aude Guerrucci/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House late Tuesday evening. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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NPR's coverage of President Obama's comments on the "fiscal cliff" talks

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House Speaker John Boehner arrives at the White House on Friday for talks with President Obama and congressional leaders aimed at avoiding the "fiscal cliff." Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Congressional Leaders Hopeful As Fiscal Cliff Deadline Nears

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"I'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time," the president said after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Obama: 'The American People Are Watching What We Do Here'

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