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Obama woos Congress on health

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US President Barack Obama has made one of the most critical speeches of his presidency, as he faced Congress over his plans for healthcare reform.

His speech was met with applause but when Mr Obama said illegal immigrants would not benefit from his plan, the Republican ranks showed signs of near mutiny.

One Republican representative shouted: "You lie", and the president paused briefly.

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