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By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After years trying to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, Republicans are now offering to bail out a financially strapped program that's part of it.

And it's an important one: a temporary lifeline for uninsured people with medical problems.

Has a health care truce has finally broken out? Hardly.

The GOP plan, headed for a House vote Wednesday, would divert billions from another program in the law, a transfer Democrats say would undermine broader goals.

Caught in the middle are people like Susan Zurface, a small-town lawyer from Ohio with a recent diagnosis of leukemia, no health insurance, and medical bills piling up.

The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan was designed to offer them a path to private coverage. But without a compromise, the plan isn't taking new applicants.

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