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Medicare buy-in plan runs into Senate resistance

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate health care overhaul compromise that
would allow people as young as 55 buy into Medicare is running into
resistance.

Sen. Joe Lieberman says the idea is a bad deal for taxpayers and
the deficit. The independent from Connecticut tells CBS he wants
lawmakers to start trimming expensive proposals from the bill.

Sen. Claire McCaskill says she's waiting on government
accountants who are working out how much the plan would cost.

The Missouri Democrat told "Fox News Sunday" she would vote against
the bill if it raised health care costs overall.

Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson says he worries the plan would be
"the forerunner" of national health insurance run by the
government.

Despite lawmakers' misgivings, President Barack Obama tells CBS he thinks it's "going to pass out of the Senate before Christmas."


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