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Another push for bipartisan health care overhaul; Obama meets with Democrat leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health care remains the focus as lawmakers return from their summer break.

A day before the president addresses the nation on health care, a bipartisan group of six Senate Finance Committee members will meet to consider a possible approach to overhauling the current system.

Committee Chairman Max Baucus' draft calls for non profit co-ops to compete with traditional insurance companies but does not include the government option favored by many liberal Democrats. It's part of the effort to win support of key GOP members of the group.

Some of the $900 billion cost would be covered by a fee on insurance companies to cover people who are uninsured.

Meantime, President Barack Obama is meeting with the top Democrats in Congress.

Pelosi is convinced she's got the votes to deliver the sweeping overhaul favored by Obama. But Reid has a problem. There's not yet a piece of legislation that can win the 60 votes needed to avoid a Senate filibuster.


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