by: David Lightman | McClatchy Newspapers
Washington - Do Republicans matter as Congress digs more deeply into the details of writing health care legislation?
The Senate Finance Committee will resume its deliberations Tuesday, when it's expected to consider whether the government should create a "public option" to compete with the private sector, as well as other issues.
The chances are good that the committee will approve key provisions with few, if any, Republican votes.
Nevertheless, Democratic leaders continue to talk about a yen for bipartisanship, if only because near-unanimous Republican opposition to a final health care bill could create political problems for Democrats next year.
So far, Democrats seem to be courting only one Republican on the committee, Olympia Snowe of Maine. Their leaders have offered her lavish praise.
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