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Pelosi to Rally


WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders have scheduled a rally for Thursday where they plan to unveil legislation to overhaul the health care system, which they hope to take to the House floor next week.

Scores of lobbyists were “cordially invited’’ to attend the event in e-mail messages sent Wednesday by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The event will be held on the West Front of the Capitol, which looks out over the Mall to the Washington Monument.

Aides to Ms. Pelosi said the bill would include a government-run insurance plan, to compete with private insurers. But the speaker was apparently unable to muster the votes needed for the “robust’’ liberal version of a public plan that she prefers.

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