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Health On The Hill – December 14, 2009

Jackie Judd, Kaiser Family Foundation; Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News; and Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., continues to push his party to approve health care overhaul legislation before Christmas, but concerns over many issues, including abortion funding and a possible early buy-in for the Medicare program, could cause that timetable to slip. Senate floor action may quicken once Reid receives an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office of a series of provisions — including the Medicare buy-in proposal — he is assembling in hopes of winning 60 votes for his health care plan.

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