Key Democrat says votes in place for Obama health care bill

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 21, 2010 14:57

 
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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Democratic caucus in the US House of Representatives says his party has the 216 votes needed to pass US President Barack Obama's historic health care bill.

Speaking Sunday on ABC television's "This Week," Connecticut Rep. John Larson said, in his words, "We have the votes now — as we speak."

House Democrats are predicting that a rare Sunday session will produce one of the most significant legislative triumphs in decades: passage of a bill to overhaul the US health care system to provide coverage to millions of people.

Republicans resolutely oppose the bill.

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