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Senate negotiator: Health care bill 'soon'

September 4, 2009 11:04:00 AM PDT
After months of closed-door discussions, the Senate's top health care negotiator says the time for action has come. Montana Democrat Max Baucus indicated Friday he'll move ahead with a bill soon, whether or not the bipartisan negotiations he's been focused on produce a compromise.

Baucus, who chairs the Finance Committee, held a 90-minute teleconference with five other senators in the bipartisan group. A face-to-face meeting is scheduled Tuesday.

Baucus said in a statement they agreed on the need to control costs, make health insurance affordable, and provide all Americans access to a quality medical plan without busting the budget. But he emphasized he wants to get a bill "done soon and done right."

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