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Senator Harry Reid said Monday that he would include a government-run insurance plan in the Senate’s legislation, but that states could opt out.


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Several Democratic senators voiced optimism that Congress would pass a health care bill containing at least the germ of a government-run insurance program.


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A Salvation Army detoxification and alcohol abuse treatment center has begun accepting chronic inebriates who have been taken there essentially by force.


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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s action came amid indications that she had not locked down the votes for the proposal.


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The Senate blocked action on a bill to increase Medicare payments to doctors, legislation that had become a proxy for the larger partisan fight over health care policy.


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Senate Democrats backed down from their effort to increase Medicare payments to doctors without offsetting any of the cost over the next 10 years.


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The increase means that monthly premiums would top $100 for the first time — a stark indication of the rise in costs that is driving the health care reform debate.


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If the FHA were a private company, it would clearly be shut down by now.  Or, more likely, be preparing for a government bailout. From the AP: Audit questions FHA's ability to screen lenders By ALAN ZIBEL (AP) – 59 minutes ago WASHINGTON — The government's mortgage insurance agency is doing a poor job of screening lenders that enter the program, an internal audit has found. The audit was completed last month by the Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general