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Obama urges Senate to pass healthcare bill

Washington Post, December 16, 2009

As health reform negotiations continued, President Obama urged Senate Democrats to overcome lingering disputes and push a healthcare overhaul through the chamber before Christmas. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT), once a critic of the legislation, appeared to be warming to the $848 billion package after Senate leaders said they were ready to jettison a plan to extend Medicare coverage to uninsured people as young as 55. He said that he expects to support the bill if that provision is dropped, the Washington Post reports.