The bill included $100 billion for education to save jobs and to support states and school districts.\n It strengthened the "fair share" for business requirements and significantly reduced the tax on benefits. On Nov. 21, 2009, the Senate voted to end the filibuster and move to consideration of the bill by a vote of 60-39. The amendment would have reauthorized the expired Washington, D.C., private school voucher program despite several federal reports that documented problems with the program for new students and its lack of effectiveness. The legislation eliminates the "doughnut hole" in coverage under the Medicare prescription drug program by 2020, and it prevents insurance companies from denying benefits because of pre-existing conditions or canceling policies because of illness.
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