Key Democrats Still in Play as Health Vote Approaches

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats, entering the final 48-hour countdown on their yearlong effort to overhaul the health care system, emerged from a caucus meeting on Friday morning amid signs that crucial votes remained in play in both directions.

Representative John Boccieri of Ohio became the latest Democrat to announce that he would support the big health care legislation after opposing the House bill in November.

But as lawmakers closely examined a nearly final version of the legislation that was published yesterday with a promise that the bill would more than pay for itself over the next decade, some also said that the fine print contained details, including provisions addressing varying Medicare payments in different states, that might cost the support of members who had been expected to favor the bill.

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