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Jan 31, 2010 11:28 AM by Associated Press

Health care bill apparently moves to back burner

Congressional Democrats are still looking for a way forward on health care reform, though the issue appears to have been moved to the back burner with the new administration focus on jobs.

Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, a leader of House progressives, wonders if it'll get done. He says he's "not brimming with confidence" after thinking a reasonable bill was coming out of the Senate.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged a few days ago that serious differences remain.

In his State of the Union speech a few days ago the president called jobs the number one focus for this year but later urged lawmakers to keep trying to reach agreement on health care reform. He didn't offer any suggestions on how to reach that goal.

Pelosi says she's open to voting on sidebar provisions dealing with health care.

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