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Representative John Shadegg displayed a copy of the House health bill at a rally against the legislation yesterday. Representative John Shadegg displayed a copy of the House health bill at a rally against the legislation yesterday. (Alex Brandon/ Associated Press)
By Lisa Wangsness and Susan Milligan
Globe Staff / November 8, 2009

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WASHINGTON - House Democrats, overcoming nearly united Republican opposition and dozens of defections within their own ranks, narrowly approved a historic health care expansion last night. The bill would provide coverage for 36 million Americans, establish a limited public insurance plan, and prohibit insurers from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions. (Full article: 1537 words)

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