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US Congress passes health overhaul

US: The US Congress passed an historic health care overhaul late Sunday, handing President Barack Obama a landmark win and taking the United States closer than ever to guaranteed coverage for all Americans.

The Democratic-held House of Representatives voted 219-212 to approve a Senate-passed bill aimed at extending coverage to 32 million Americans who currently lack it in the most sweeping social policy shift in four decades.

Healthcare
* It gives President Barack Obama a landmark win.

* A guaranteed coverage for all Americans.

“Tonight we answered the call of history as so many Americans have before us. We did not avoid our responsibility we embraced it. We did not fear our future, we shaped it,” Obama said in brief remarks shortly after the vote.

The president, who was expected to sign the bill into law within days, praised lawmakers for defying the predictions of pundits that the mammoth bill must collapse in the face of political setbacks and unyielding partisan rifts.

Tired after a week in which he met or spoke to nearly 100 lawmakers, but evidently savoring a hard-fought triumph on his top domestic goal, Obama told the US public: “This is what change looks like.”

As the vote count crept past the 216 needed to ensure passage, Democrats clapped, cheered, hugged, high-fived, and called out Obama’s “Yes, we can” 2008 campaign slogan.

All 178 Republicans and 34 conservative Democrats opposed the measure, spurred on by hundreds of protesters who chanted “Kill the bill” during a loud day-long vigil outside the Capitol.

With Vice President Joe Biden at his side, Obama acknowledged Republican warnings that Democrats would pay a steep political price in November mid-term elections that will decide control of the US Congress.

“I know this wasn’t an easy vote for a lot of people. But it was the right vote,” said the President, who has vowed to help Democrats in swinging districts to win reelection.

The Senate was now to take up a free-standing packages of changes, which the House approved 220-211, as early as Tuesday in a bid to complete its work on the overhaul.

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