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Senate Dems get back to work on health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats have had their presidential pep talk and now it's back to work on the thorny issues in the path of passing health care legislation.

Abortion is next on the list with debate beginning today on an amendment that would embrace House language.

Anti-abortion lawmakers in both parties have insisted that taxpayer funds not be used to pay for abortions in government-run health programs.

The House language would bar federally subsidized health insurance plans from covering abortion, even if the procedure is entirely paid for with customers' premiums. Liberals say that's too restrictive.

A prominent anti-abortion Democratic senator, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, plans to urge the Senate to follow suit. Numerous lawmakers say the amendment doesn't appear to have the necessary 60 votes.

Nelson says he doesn't expect a vote before tomorrow.

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