November 8, 2009 / 6:18 PM / 8 years ago

Obama hails passage of "historic" healthcare bill

WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday hailed the passage of a sweeping healthcare reform bill through the House of Representatives, calling it historic and urging the U.S. Senate to follow suit.

“Given the heated and often misleading rhetoric surrounding this legislation, I know that this was a courageous vote for many members of Congress,” said Obama, who has invested much political capital in the battle to overhaul the United States’ $2.5 trillion healthcare system.

Additional reporting by Tabassum Zakaria, editing by Jackie Frank

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