Andy Sullivan
Reuters
May 27, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden and top lawmakers faced an impasse on taxes and healthcare on Thursday as they worked on a deal to tame the United States’ debt and increase its borrowing limit.

Republican and Democratic negotiators briefly discussed health costs, a major driver of the national debt, in a fourth round of talks that lasted a little more than an hour. The normally voluble Biden left the meeting without comment.

“We’re not doing a lot of talking for obvious reasons,” said Republican Senator Jon Kyl, a member of the group.

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