Dems against Dems in health care vote struggle – AP


WASHINGTON – The end game in sight, Senate Democrats coped with stubborn internal differences as well as implacable Republican opposition on Monday in a struggle to pass health care legislation by Christmas.A liberal-backed call to expand Medicare as part of the legislation drew strong opposition from Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. and quieter concerns from a dozen Democrats, raising significant doubts about its ability to survive.Congressional officials said the administration was recommending the provision be jettisoned to clear the way for the most sweeping health care legislation in a half-century. In response, a top presidential aide, Dan Pfeiffer, said, “The White House is not pushing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in any direction, we are working hand in hand with the Senate leadership to work through the various issues and pass health reform as soon as possible.”Disputes over abortion and the importation of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries also flared.

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