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Snowe Says She Opposes Medicare Buy-In Idea

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Snowe's vote isn't strictly necessary to pass health care reform, if all 60 Democrats stick together. But Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) says he's not going to play ball if his abortion amendment doesn't pass, and Majority Whip Dick Durbin says that's probably not going to happen.

Snowe said she's also opposed to a separate idea--demanded by liberals in exchange for the public option--to include people up to 150 percent of the poverty line in Medicaid. It seems pretty clear that she's broadly opposed to the compromise Democrats are forging.

Now the question is, What will Lieberman say? Stay tuned.

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