Health Care — Where Things Stand

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A webstory from me about the ongoing health care reform negotiations in both chambers on the Hill. The Senate late last night wrapped up its work on the defense authorization bill and broke for the weekend. Most of the working group of 6 have gone home. Staff will work through the weekend on cost bending issues and the principals are expected back to the table Monday. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus stayed behind to meet with President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at the White House this morning. No word of what came from that meeting. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, is broadening her talks today on regional disparaties in Medicare disbursements — a key sticking point for Blue Dogs. All of which is to say, things remain… stuck.