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Congressional Democrats still trying to forge health care deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic congressional leaders get back to work this week trying to strike a deal on health care reform, and one of the casualties of compromise may be the so-called public option.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated she's willing to jettison the public option as long as the final product addresses the 3 A's -- affordability, accountability and accessibility.

Congressional Democrats are also split on how to pay for the plan.

The House approved a tax on millionaires, but the president favors the Senate approach -- taxing high-end insurance plans. Some labor unions oppose that.

Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid don't have much room to maneuver. That's especially true in the Senate, where Democrats need every member of their caucus and any change could cost them a vote and possibly doom the package.


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