Balance of power precarious in healthcare reform debate

By Nick Piatek

Significant hurdles remain as a final bill takes shape

Current healthcare reform legislation has reached a milestone that previous attempts at reform have been unable to achieve. In early November, the House of Representatives passed HR 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, by a 220-215 vote. Although this was only two votes above a majority, the fact that the bill passed at all is significant.

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