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Parties Clash on Long-Awaited Day for Health Bill
New York Times - Robert Pear and David M. Herszenhorn

As the Senate Finance Committee took up legislation, Democrats expressed confidence Tuesday that their effort to remake the nation’s health care system was gaining momentum. But Republicans sharpened their attacks on a requirement that most Americans carry insurance, a central element of the bill. “This is our opportunity to make history,” said the committee chairman, Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, as the panel began its long-awaited work on his measure. 

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