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Common ground seen in gulf between healthcare bills

USA Today, December 31, 2009

As they begin to marry competing healthcare bills passed by the House and Senate, lawmakers face profound differences on key issues. The process of reconciling their differences and moving legislation to a final vote will take weeks, but experts such as the Brookings Institution's Mark McClellan can foresee agreements evolving around controversial provisions, USA Today reports. Merging the two bills, which will begin when senators return to Washington on Jan. 19, will center on how to pay for billions of dollars in proposed subsidies to help low- and moderate-income families afford premiums, McClellan and others told USA Today.