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Obama presses Senate to act quickly on its health bill

New York Times, November 9, 2009

The White House is stepping up pressure on the Senate for quick action on healthcare reform, with President Obama calling on senators to "take up the baton and bring this effort to the finish line." President Obama's remarks came just 14 hours after the House narrowly approved a landmark plan that would cost $1.1 trillion over 10 years and extend insurance coverage to 36 million uninsured Americans. In the Senate, where proposals differ substantially from the House-passed measure on issues like a government-run plan and how to pay for coverage, the bill is stalled while budget analysts assess its overall costs, the New York Times reports.