Nursing homes eyed for cuts as healthcare reform fight spreads to local battlegrounds

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Federal lawmakers take their July 4 recess next week, so they'll be spreading the battle lines of healthcare reform to hundreds of local venues, intensifying the debate. With Democrats attempting to keep the price tag under $1 trillion and avoid further infighting, Republicans are pressing for more details and a lower price tag. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) is expected to ask nursing homes to make federal payment concessions.