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Morning Rounds: Stem Cell Mice and Taming Health Costs

How can anybody resist a sweet-looking mouse named Tiny?

Chinese researchers writing in this week's Nature and Cell Stem Cell about their advance in stem cell research may have been trying to the defang the politics surrounding the controversial issue when they released a photo of one of their first mice made from skin cells. (He lives! He breeds!) They told the press that the little guy even has a name. Tiny.

Hmmm...Maybe health care legislation could benefit from a pint-sized mascot, too. Senate leader Harry Reid announced yesterday that his side of Congress will not have a health bill ready before August, despite President Obama's entreaties.

The House is still working hard to meet the August deadline, Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel told NPR's Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition. Emanuel says the real deadline is the end of the year and he and President Obama expect a bill by then. One of the big hurdles for all sides, he agrees, is reconciling the cost of the plan.

For 40 years we've had a debate about health care that was solely about expanding coverage. For the first time, you have the dual goals of controlling costs and expanding coverage.

(Read Past The Jump To Hear How Obama's Money Guys Suggest Controlling Costs)

The Administration's budget chief, Peter Orszag is talking up a plan he says could do both. Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt calls the Orszag plan "a very big deal" in this morning's New York Times, and explains how Germany is already bringing medical costs under control with something similar.