October 13th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Key Senate committee passes health care plan

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Finance Committee passed a long-awaited $829 billion health care bill Tuesday by a 14-9 vote.

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, was the lone committee member to cross party lines, breaking with other Republicans to vote for the measure.

All of the committee's Democrats supported the bill.

The vote represents a pivotal step forward in the contentious health care debate. The Finance Committee is the last of five congressional panels to consider health care legislation before debate begins in the full House and Senate.

If the House and Senate both manage to pass health care reform bills, a conference committee will then negotiate a final version requiring approval from both chambers before going to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Johnny DC

    How is this even a top priority in the first place...

    8% of Americans have no health care and want it. Big deal.

    20% of Americans have no job (or a limited one) and want theirs back. What good is health reform if nobody in America will be able to pay for it as inflation hits in the upcoming decade?

    Start learning Mandarin now, if you know what's good for your future and that of your family.

    October 13, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. di

    $829 billion health care bill .......................... CHANGE WE DO NOT HAVE!!

    October 13, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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