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Senate has some work left on healthcare bill

Washington Post, March 22, 2010

The House's approval of the Senate's version of healthcare legislation, which President Obama expects to sign into law swiftly, also will send to the Senate a 153-page package of amendments to that legislation. There, Democrats will implement the reconciliation rule to try to pass the revisions based on a simple majority and avoid a Republican filibuster. A small group of senators and staffers is expected to gather with the Senate parliamentarian to determine whether a tax on high-cost insurance policies would affect the Social Security trust fund, and whether that would violate prohibitions against altering Social Security through the reconciliation process, the Washington Post reports.