(CNN) - President Obama called incoming Speaker John Boehner at midnight to congratulate him on the GOP takeover of the House, as each side moves quickly to show they're ready to work with one another after one of the most contentious midterm elections in history.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs put out a statement noting that Obama also spoke to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and told both men in the separate calls that he wants to work with them to "find common ground, move the country forward and get things done for the American people."
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(CNN) - President Obama will head to Massachusetts Sunday to campaign on behalf of embattled Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley, a Democratic official and a Democratic congressional source confirm to CNN.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/09/02/health.care.compromise/art.olympia.snowe.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Olympia Snowe is part of the bipartisan so-called "Gang of Six" negotiating on health care."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama and top aides have quietly stepped up talks with moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine on a scaled-back health-care bill, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations.
The compromise plan would lack a government-run public health insurance option favored by Obama, but would leave the door open to adding that provision down the road under an idea proposed by Snowe, the sources said.
One of the sources said White House officials are "deep in conversations" with Snowe on a much smaller health-care bill than Obama originally envisioned.
The modified proposal would include insurance reforms, such as preventing insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, according to the source.
The potential deal would give insurance companies a defined time period to make such changes in order to help cover more people and drive down long-term costs. But if those changes failed to occur within the defined period, a so-called "trigger" would provide for creating a public option to force change on the insurance companies, the source said.
Snowe is pivotal to the debate because she may be Obama's last possibility for getting a Republican senator to support his push for a health-care overhaul.
She is one of the so-called "Gang of Six" members of the Senate Finance Committee - three Democrats and three Republicans - involved in separate negotiations on the only bipartisan health-care proposal in Congress so far.
However, the slow pace of those talks and recent partisan attacks by the other two Republicans in the negotiations have dimmed hopes for a breakthrough, leaving Snowe as the only Republican senator that White House aides believe they can work with on the issue.