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House Passes Senate Health Reform Bill and Reconciliation Package

U.S. Capitol The House of Representatives, by a vote of 219 to 212, has passed the Senate's Health Reform Bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.    This means health reform has officially passed, and will await the President's signature before becoming law. Additionally, the House voted 220 to 211 to adopt its reconciliation package to the bill, which is intended to make changes to the Senate bill because of reservations many House members had with its exact language.  The Senate will now need to pass this reconciliation legislation before it becomes law and alters the final bill passed and signed into law earlier tonight. For a list of individual members' roll call votes on all of tonight's votes, please follow the link below: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/index.asp For more information on this and other health reform issues, please see the NRHA's Health Reform website link below: http://www.ruralhealthweb.org/go/left/policy-and-advocacy/health-reform

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