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Merkel seeks to resolve row over German health reform

Merkel seeks to resolve row over German health reform

German leaders are to hold a crucial meeting late Wednesday to resolve a row over health reform that threatens to sink Chancellor Angela Merkel's 10-month-old government.
Merkel's conservatives and their Social Democrat coalition partners outlined plans in July to reform the country's creaking health service.
There is agreement that the burden on employers of spiraling health care costs should be eased in an attempt to revive the economy, Europe's largest.
However, the parties are feuding openly about how to finance the shift, triggering speculation that the coalition might break apart over its most high-profile reform plan.
Merkel and about a dozen other top officials for her conservatives and the Social Democrats were to meet in Berlin late Wednesday evening, and were to announce the results of the talks at a news conference.
Merkel's spokesman insisted before the meeting that both sides wanted to end the deadlock.
"There is a willingness to agree," Ulrich Wilhelm said. "I assume that there will be a result that we can present."
Merkel's Cabinet hopes to pass the law before the end of October.