Knowing they need at least 60 votes to stop a Republican filibuster, Senate Democrats are trying to find common ground among themselves on two issues regarding an overhaul of the U.S. health care system. Democrats are divided on whether the government should offer medical insurance and what to do about increased payments to doctors under Medicare. Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee changed its health care bill so House and Senate bills could be merged through the budget-reconciliation process.

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