Democratic health care talks collapsing

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Health care reform teetered on the brink of collapse Thursday as House and Senate leaders struggled to coalesce around a strategy to rescue the plan, in the face of growing pessimism among lawmakers that the president’s top priority can survive.

But for the first time in the yearlong push, Democratic aides – and even some members finally acknowledged privately that the fear of failure was real.  And Congress recessed for the weekend without an obvious path forward as rank-and-file Democrats started splintering in different directions.

Full story: Dem health care talks collapsing – POLITICO.com