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Senators close to health accord

Washington Post, July 29, 2009

An emerging consensus among a bipartisan group of senators is poised to shift the dynamic in the congressional debate over healthcare reform. The finance panel's legislation is expected to include incentives for employers to provide health insurance for their workers, rather than a more punitive coverage mandate. The committee is also likely to endorse narrowly targeted tax increases, rejecting a controversial tax surcharge on wealthy households that the House adopted.