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Obama's grandmother died two days before he was elected president in November.

It was unclear whether she underwent the hip-replacement surgery.

The event, hosted by ABC News' Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, gave Obama a prime-time forum to promote his healthcare overhaul.

A total of 164 guests were invited.

ABC pre-screened questions, though the White House was not made aware of what they would be.

Republicans described the event as an "infomercial," faulting ABC for giving the president such valuable TV time in the midst of a high-stakes partisan policy discussion.

The audience -- which included doctors, patients, health insurers, students and people with ailing relatives -- clearly was unhappy with the current healthcare system.

Gibson asked for a show of hands to see how many wanted to leave the system unchanged.

No one raised a [email protected]

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-health25-2009jun25,0,1978875.story
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