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Historic health care bill passes house


WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL)-- Congress has passed a historic health care reform bill.

Just before 10 p.m Sunday, with a 219 to 212 vote, a piece of legislation that is expected to extend health care to 32 million uninsured Americans passed the house. Republicans were unanimously opposed.

The bill now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Republicans tried a procedural move to redo the bill moments after the House had passed it by a vote of 219-212. Republicans argued the legislation would permit the use of federal money to pay for abortions.

Early Sunday, President Barack Obama issued an executive order pledging that no federal funds would be used for elective abortion. The measure satisfied key anti-abortion Democrats and assured passage of the bill.

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