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Democratic Rep. Kucinich backs US healthcare bill
WASHINGTON, March 17 |
WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, who opposed an earlier healthcare bill, said on Wednesday he will back the Senate-passed version that President Barack Obama hopes to sign into law.
Kucinich announced his support after Obama, seeking to win final passage of the measure, personally urged him to do so during a visit to his home state of Ohio earlier this week.
Kucinich had opposed the earlier House of Representatives bill because it did not have a public health insurance option. The Senate-passed bill does not have one either, but it is seen as the best chance for healthcare reform this year.
(Reporting by John Whitesides; Writing by Thomas Ferraro)
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