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Watered-down 'public plan' emerges in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - A pair of key issues are getting increased attention from Senate Democrats today in their efforts to pass a health care overhaul.

A compromise is being considered in hopes of satisfying differences between liberals and moderates over the government insurance option.

Under the compromise, private insurers would offer coverage, with a government seal of approval from the department that handles the health plan for federal employees, including members of Congress.

Five moderates and five liberals tapped by Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada plan to work on the compromise today. Today is the deadline Reid imposed to complete negotiations on the government-run option.

A vote on an amendment to tightly restrict abortion coverage by health plans receiving federal subsidies could also happen today.

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