Senators Push New Health Care Bill

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A bi-partisan group of senators plans to unveil their health care reform bill this week. 

Leaders for the Gang of Six, a group of three Democrat and three Republican senators, say they have trimmed the cost of their health care plan to less than $880 billion.

Senate finance committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said he will introduce a measure as early as Wednesday for his panel's consideration, beginning Sept. 22.

Republicans, including the three in talks with Baucus, have yet to sign on.

"I am forever hopeful that there will be Republicans on this bill," Baucus said Monday. "I'm going to continue working with them all the way through."
    
The senators say they have come up with ways to cut the cost of a Medicaid expansion so more people near the federal poverty line are covered.
    
The bill also includes creation of a verification system to prevent illegal immigrants from getting government subsidies to buy health care coverage.
    
Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, says he would like the bill to cost even less.

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