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Speaker Nancy Pelosi is joined by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol Saturday after the passage in the house of the health care reform bill.

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In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous.The 220-215 vote cleared the way for the Senate to begin a long-delayed debate on the issue that has come to overshadow all others in Congress.

By By DAVID ESPO November 7, 2009