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Crowded agenda dogs health bill

Wall Street Journal, December 4, 2009

The Senate's slow-moving health bill is colliding with other legislative priorities on the economy, raising chances that Democrats won't meet their goal of pushing a healthcare overhaul through the chamber in December, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lawmakers hope to act this month to avert planned cuts in Medicare payments to doctors, scheduled to drop sharply in 2010. But action on the bill has slowed sharply, with the war in Afghanistan and the struggling economy moving to the forefront of lawmakers' concerns.