· President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies pleaded their case for health care overhaul in a summit with Republicans today.
· With GOP lawmakers remaining steadfast in their opposition, the president and his party are preparing to move on alone.
· At stake in the high-risk strategy is the Democrats' legislation to extend coverage to more than 30 million people who are now uninsured.
· Polls show Americans want their elected leaders to address the problems of high medical costs, eroding access to coverage and
· But the public is split over the Democrats' sweeping legislation, with its $1 trillion, 10-year price tag and many complex provisions, including some that wouldn't take effect for another eight years.
· For Obama, the summit was his chance to make a compelling closing argument to the American people.
· If he succeeds, Democrats will push ahead to pass the legislation with a package of revisions he's proposed; if Obama fails, another Democratic president will have been humbled by health care.