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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The whole health care reform debate should finally end soon.

President Obama said today it's time to vote and move on. He unveiled his final plan that includes some compromises for Republicans.

But a Georgia Republican says it's not enough.

The President says there's nothing more to say about the bill which has been revamped to include a few Republican ideas. But opponents, even those who say reform is needed, aren't sure how the sweeping reform will be paid for.

At the White House today, Mr. Obama said the changes should win broad support for the legislation which would essentially affect every American and provide most with easy access to healthcare.

"It incorporates the best ideas from Democrats and Republicans - including some of the ideas that Republicans offered during the health care summit, like funding state grants on medical malpractice reform and curbing waste, fraud, and abuse in the health care system."

The president said the plan includes good ideas from both sides of the aisle. But Senator Saxby Chambliss says the President didn't listen closely enough to Republicans at last week's bi-partisan summit.

He said, "The president is not being specific in putting forward any proposals really, that we talked about last week. What we're basically looking at is him saying that we're going to put the Senate bill in place. The cost of it is going to be exactly the same, over a trillion dollars. It's going to be in the form of new taxes for the American people."

The President wants Congress to move forward under reconciliation rules so that only a simple majority is needed in the Senate. 

The House will pass the exact bill that already passed the Senate and then will work on a series of bills that will make some changes to the overall reform bill.

Congressman Sanford Bishop has been a consistent supporter of health care reform. We contacted him to share his thoughts on today's speech, but he declined to do an interview with us.

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