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Pivotal committee reviews proposed changes to health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional aides are reviewing lists of proposed changes to health care legislation in the Senate Finance Committee, a body that appears pivotal to the overhaul.

Sen. Max Baucus says he'll convene the committee the week after next to vote on legislation that would meet President Barack Obama's goals of expanding access to health care, providing consumer protection and slowing the growth of medical spending.

It's still not clear if Baucus will come away with a bipartisan deal after months of negotiations between his "Group of Six," made up of three Democrats and three Republicans.

The changes being reviewed were mostly submitted by Republicans. The issues include prohibiting federal funding of abortion, reducing medical malpractice costs and ensuring illegal immigrants don't get insurance.

Democratic leaders are predicting the legislation will pass within a few months.


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