Health Care Reform Effort Moves to Senate Where Fate Uncertain

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A Democratic plan to tax wealthy individuals to help pay for a $1.1 trillion health care overhaul bill (H.R. 3962) narrowly passes the House, placing a rewrite of the nation's system in the hands of the Senate, where its fate is unclear. The 220-215 House vote comes after a presidential visit for support and a long day of contentious debate. With action on the Affordable Health Care for America Act completed at this stage in the House, the debate now turns to the Senate, where leaders are trying to merge two bills (S. 1679, S. 1796) approved by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the Finance committees. Senate Majority Leader Reid says he would like to try to begin debate on the legislation before Thanksgiving.

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