WASHINGTON (AP) - Votes are scheduled today in the Senate on elements of the health care overhaul.
Lawmakers will decide whether to back $460 billion in Medicare cuts to help pay for the landmark revamp of the health care system. The AARP supports the measure, saying the cuts Democrats are recommending would merely eliminate waste and inefficiency.
Republicans are pressing to restore the cuts with Sen. John McCain saying "Above all, we must not use Medicare as a piggy bank."
Senators will also vote on a women's health care amendment. Both parties are backing a promise to provide new no-cost preventive procedures such as mammograms.
Overall, the legislation is designed to extend health care to millions who now lack it. The House passed its version last month and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is promising his chamber will follow suit by Christmas.