Republicans say it may be pointless, but they'll attend summit

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican congressional leaders say they'll attend President Barack Obama's health care summit Thursday, but they don't see much point. They say the Democrats are determined to ram their version of the bill through Congress using special parliamentary rules.

Meanwhile, a new poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that only 32 percent of Americans want Congress to move soon to pass a comprehensive health overhaul.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky today announced the four senators who will be attending the session in addition to those invited by the White House. Each member of the Senate and House leadership were allowed to invite four members.

McConnell's picks are John McCain of Arizona, who lost to Obama two years ago; Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and John Barrasso of Wyoming, both doctors; and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has already made his choices: Chuck Schumer of New York, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Patty Murray of Washington.

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