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Health Insurance a Sticking Point on Immigration Reform

posted on May 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan group of House members that has been trying for months to finalize a comprehensive immigration bill is encountering difficulties and trying to decide whether to split up or keep trying.
     The four Democratic and four Republican lawmakers were meeting Thursday afternoon to see if they could salvage an agreement.
     House Speaker John Boehner says he's concerned that the group hasn't been able to wrap up its work.
     Aides say that the question of whether or how to allow immigrants to purchase health insurance has become a sticking point.  
     Group members have long said they're close to a deal, but they've never delivered. Meanwhile a Senate group has already released its bill and the Senate Judiciary Committee is amending and voting on it.

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