Senate Dems poised to drop objection to 'doc fix' bill

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A $200 billion plan to permanently end an annual cut to Medicare reimbursements could be headed for the president's desk at the end of the week now that Senate Democrats are softening their objections to abortion language in the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has dropped his earlier opposition to the "doc fix" proposal; and while he won't fully endorse the plan yet, he is no longer opposed to language in the bill that prevents federal funds from being used to pay for abortions.

Reid said last week that he believed language in the bill would have expanded restrictions on federal funding for abortions.

Reid had associated the Medicare abortion language to a provision in a now-stalled human trafficking bill that Democrats believe constitutes an expansion of the long-standing federal law prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions.