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Local press on two Hoosier question marks:

WASHINGTON — Two Hoosier lawmakers expected to play key roles in determining the fate of health care reform legislation pending in Congress remain cagey over whether they intend to support a package endorsed by President Barack Obama when it comes up for a vote expected later this month.

Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind., and Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind., said they are studying the proposal that emerged from the White House. Neither was willing to make a commitment, although both supported an earlier version that passed the House in November.

Hill said earlier this week that he remains “consistently straightforward” regarding his support for some type of health care reform and is cognizant of the president’s desire for progress. But some questions remain unanswered, and he is unsure about the manner in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., intends to proceed.

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