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Health overhaul is drawing close to floor debate

New York Times, October 5, 2009

With the Senate Finance Committee set to approve its healthcare bill, Democrats are close to bringing legislation that would make sweeping changes in the nation's healthcare system to the floor of both houses of Congress. Although party leaders still face immense political and policy challenges as they combine rival proposals, the broad contours of the legislation are in place: millions of uninsured Americans would get subsidized health benefits, and the government would move to slow the growth of health spending, the New York Times reports.