Health Care Debate Moves to Senate, Faces GOP Parliamentary Fight

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The debate over a massive rewrite of the nation's health care system moves to the Senate today and although Democrats say the pieces are in place to complete the package and send it to President Obama, Republicans warn they will use parliamentary tactics to slow down the process. Senate action follows a long weekend in the House, where that chamber votes 219-212 to clear the $871 billion Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) originally passed by the Senate in December, and votes 220-211 to pass a new reconciliation bill (H.R. 4872) that completes its share of the work to enact an overhaul of the nation's health care system, paid for with $438 billion in new taxes and fees on insurers, businesses, and families. Both organized labor and business groups cite tax-related aspects of the House-passed health care overhaul bill (H.R. 3590) as reasons for pledging to hold legislators accountable for their votes.