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Plan B 2.0: Are Dems Walking Back From The Brink On Health Care?

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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), who has said he favors breaking the bill into chunks and passing them individually, emerged from a meeting with House leadership confident they'd have a deal by the end of the week.

And, according to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), House progressives' health care point person, the leadership is talking about Plan B--which just so happens to be what major union groups are throwing their weight behind.

None of this is to say that the endgame is clear. Things could take one of any number of turns. House Dems are meeting right now to figure out just what to do next. But there did seem, at the end of the day yesterday, to be light shining on this particular avenue.

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