by Max Brantley
It's going to be a while before a clear picture emerges on the Democratic deal for health legislation.
The NY Times says it could include both an expansion of Medicare for people 55-64 through a buy-in and a private national health insurance plan similar to that used by Congress and negotiated by a federal agency. The latter is a product of a working group that included Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln. But nobody's fully disclosed any firm agreement yet and the proposals must be assessed by budget officials.