Posted: Dec 4, 2009 6:29 AM by Associated Press
This isn't the end of the work week for senators considering a proposed $1 trillion, 10-year health care overhaul.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to get the measure passed in the next few weeks. So he's keeping the chamber in session this weekend.
Democrats have won the first votes this week. Those include defeating a Republican effort to restore $460 billion in Medicare cuts. Democrats say the cuts are needed to help pay for the overhaul.
The next big issue is likely to be the government plan to sell insurance in competition with private companies.
There is also expected to be a showdown over abortion funding. The overhaul would require most Americans to buy insurance, and give subsidies to middle- and lower-income individuals and families to defray their costs.
Insurance industry practices such as denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions would be barred.