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Senate Finance Committee keeps eye on healthcare target price
Los Angeles Times - James Oliphant and Kim Geiger

 As the Senate Finance Committee begins reworking Sen. Max Baucus’ healthcare bill today, the focus will be on keeping the final price tag below $900 billion — a target considered crucial to winning over moderate Democratic votes. But the cost estimates in the proposal — like those attached to many of the 500-plus amendments lined up for committee consideration — involve budgetary sleights-of-hand designed primarily to serve political ends.