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Both amendments failed 13-10. Mrs. Snowe of Maine joined Democrats in opposition, and Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota joined Republicans in support.
Two Republicans also unsuccessfully proposed requiring individuals applying for Medicaid or tax subsidies to provide a government-issued photo ID to ensure that illegal immigrants do not receive aid.
They argued that the requirements in the proposal from Mr. Baucus - name, Social Security number and date of birth - don’t do enough to ensure that the applicant is who he or she says.
“Social Security numbers [cannot] verify that the person applying for the benefit is that person,” said Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican.
Democrats say that the photo ID requirement could make it difficult for some people, including the elderly,to receive needed medical assistance.
Republicans plan to bring their amendments up again when the bill reaches the Senate floor. Democrats may end up taking some of their amendments there, too.
Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, said he wants to reduce the rate at which so-called “Cadillac” plans are taxed.
Mr. Kerry, who originally proposed the tax, said Mr. Baucus’ proposal taxes too many benefits, including expensive plans to cover people in high-risk jobs, such as firefighters or coal miners.
“The threshold is currently set at a level that’s too high,” he said.
Mr. Kerry said he wanted to work with Mr. Baucus to lower the rate, but suggested he’d bring the amendment to the Senate floor if necessary.
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