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Public plan debate could pit Dem. Vs. Dem.


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Liberals are taking aim at Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus as his committee prepares to vote today on whether the government should create its own health plan to compete with private insurers. Offering the middle class the option of a plan like Medicare is a top goal for liberals. But no Republican lawmakers support it, and moderate Democrats say the Senate would never go along. Baucus, D-Mont., says his own plan will achieve the goals liberals are seeking by other, more politically feasible, means. The Finance showdown is expect...

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