The White House said any changes would include protections for the most vulnerable beneficiaries.
From the outside, some advocates aren't fixated on the haggling or the slippage in campaign promises.
National Urban League President Marc Morial, for one, said he was not bothered that Obama is proposing to raise taxes on people making $400,000 rather than the $200,000 for individuals, and $250,000 for families. "You are not going to win simply by taking a hardline position down the line," he said.
Added the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader: "I would expect that the needle's going to move up and down on both sides. But I will not know if it moves beyond our comfort until we see the final deal."
AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller has covered the presidencies of Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Associated Press writers Suzanne Gamboa, Stephen Ohlemacher, Jim Kuhnhenn and Ken Thomas contributed to this report.
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