Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., are developing separate proposals to reform the health care system, hoping that their prompt efforts will spur President-elect Barack Obama to act quickly on the issue. Baucus' plan would forbid insurers from refusing coverage of pre-existing conditions and urges extending Medicare to individuals ages 55 to 64. An aide for Kennedy said the lawmaker is working to get Congress' backing for "a single, unified bill for early action next year."
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