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Foreshadowing Health Debate: A Long Hot Summer

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President Obama wants a health care overhaul bill ready to sign by October. That's a tall order for a bill that affects one-sixth of our economy, so we're expecting a summer full of late nights and political fistfights.

The basement rooms of the Capitol will hum with the sounds of negotiations over buzzwords like tax increase, subsidies, exemptions, carveouts, employer mandate, public plans and private competition, but we want to know, how's it going to go?

Brand-spanking new Kaiser Health News has a roundup of the opinions of Washington's health experts, predicting the shape of the debate to come. Check it out here.

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