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High price tag for health reform bill prompts sparring and a delay

Washington Post, June 19, 2009

President Obama's hopes for quick action on comprehensive healthcare reform ran headlong into the realities of Congress, as lawmakers searching for the money to pay for a broad expansion of coverage discovered that it wasn't easy to find and descended into bickering. A set of unexpectedly high cost estimates forced one key committee to delay action on its bill, probably until after the July 4 recess.