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Health reform » Behind-closed-doors negotiations continue with no consensus in sight.

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Further muddying the equation are Senate Republicans who haven’t taken the same position as the House speaker.

"We’re not here, we’re not there. We’re in the learning process," said Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy.

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Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, said, "There’s still a bunch in the caucus who don’t want to do anything" and leave Medicaid eligibility rules as they are now.

Niederhauser said the argument against forgoing federal funds has merit.

"That comes right out of the economy," he said, "so it seems compelling maybe we get some of that back." But, he added, "Is it worth taking more money from the federal government?"

Sanpei expects in the next few days to have the core of a proposal for leaders to start to "coalesce around."

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