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SEIU turns to tribes to pressure Baucus

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Labor officials are recruiting Native Americans in Montana to put pressure on Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to support a broad government-run health insurance plan as part of the Senate’s healthcare reform package. Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has been reluctant to embrace a broad public insurance option because Republicans strongly oppose it and he wants to attract broad GOP support for his package. Republicans charge that a widely available public option would lead to single-payer health care and “socialized” medicine.