Deals, compromise led to Senate health reform passage

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Deals, compromise led to Senate health reform passage

Public Radio International – Democrats were jubilant after their 60 to 39 victory Thursday morning. But passage may have been impossible without weeks of deals and compromise.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) admits the legislation isn’t exactly what he wanted. It doesn’t include a government backed insurance plan, for example. Still, he says it will help cover tens of millions of uninsured Americans.

"There are thousands of children in the seven children's hospitals in Ohio, every one of them, when this bill is signed, they will not be excluded from getting on their families’ health coverage because of a pre-existing condition," Brown said. "That’s one major change in the bill that’s not much talked about that will save the lives of a lot of kids."

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