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Health Care Reform Faces Resistance from Republicans, Democrats in Congress

BY Admin  July 10, 2009 at 5:55 AM EDT

Sens. Baucus and Grassley, 4/2/2009; Photo Getty

In the House, members of the fiscally conservative “blue-dog” Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressing concern about some of the new taxes proposed to fund health care reform, as well as the shape of a public plan option. House Democratic leaders delayed their unveiling of a final bill, which had been planned for Friday, until at least Monday to address the concerns.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, Finance Committee chair Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., had to abandon his plan to help pay for health care reform by taxing employer health benefits after Senate Democratic leadership said they would not support it.

On Thursday, Baucus presented his committee with more than a dozen other ways to finance reform, including caps on certain tax deductions and extra taxes for couples who make more than $1 million per year.

NewsHour Health Unit Producer Bridget DeSimone talks to Health Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser about the week’s legislative developments.