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					FACTBOX: Reaction to House healthcare vote

(Reuters) - The House of Representatives approved a healthcare reform bill on Saturday that
would expand coverage to most Americans and bar insurance practices such as refusing to
cover people with pre-existing conditions.
The battle over President Barack Obama's top domestic priority now shifts to the Senate, which has
been struggling to fashion its own version of the legislation. Differences in the two bills eventually
must be reconciled and passed again before being sent to Obama for his signature.
Here is a sampling of reaction to the narrow 220-215 vote on the bill.
President Barack Obama:
"Thanks to the hard work of the House, we are just two steps away from achieving health insurance
reform in America. Now the United States Senate must follow suit and pass its version of the
legislation. I am absolutely confident it will."
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid:
"In the Senate, we hope to receive CBO (Congressional Budget Office) scores back on our draft
proposals in the coming days, and look forward to bringing a final bill to the Senate floor as soon as
possible. We realize the strong will for reform that exists, and we are energized that we stand closer
than ever to reforming our broken health insurance system."
House Republican leader John Boehner:
"Americans want a common-sense approach to healthcare reform, not Speaker Nancy Pelosi's
2,032-page government takeover that increases costs, adds to our skyrocketing debt, destroys jobs
with tax hikes and new mandates, and cuts seniors' Medicare benefits."
Karen Ignani, president of America's Health Insurance Plans:
"The current House legislation fails to bend the healthcare cost curve and breaks the promise that
those who like their current coverage can keep it. A new government-run plan will cause millions to
lose their existing coverage and draconian Medicare Advantage cuts will force millions of seniors
out of the program entirely."
James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association:
"Passage of the House health reform bill is a big step forward as we work for comprehensive health
reform this year. The AMA will continue its work with Congress and the administration to
strengthen and improve health reform legislation as the process continues for patients and
physicians."
Bruce Josten, executive vice president of U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
"Today, the House missed a significant opportunity to advance reasonable and meaningful health
reform that fundamentally changes how the healthcare system operates and changes the overall
upward trajectory in spending. American employers and employees want an improvement in the
nation's health care system, not an unsustainable, unaffordable overhaul. We urge the Senate to
listen to the American people and reject the House's partisan approach to health care."
Richard Trumka, president AFL-CIO:
"This bill is a great step forward for America's working families. But we still have a long way to go.
As the Senate considers a health care reform bill over the coming weeks and the House and Senate
bills are combined in conference, working men and women across the country stand ready to
redouble their efforts to finish the job and make real health care reform a reality."
(Editing by Peter Cooney)

				
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