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Moderate Dem rethinks position on health bill
San Francisco Chronicle

A moderate Democrat who had vowed to oppose any effort by party leaders to push a health care bill through the Senate with a simple majority vote is rethinking her position. Sen. Blanche Lincoln said Tuesday that she wants to see what is in the companion bill before deciding.

Democratic leaders are looking at a two-step approach in which the House approves a Senate-passed bill from last year, despite House Democrats’ opposition to several of its provisions. Both houses then would follow by approving a companion measure to make changes in that first bill.

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