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WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says new health care legislation will make affordable, quality health care available to nearly all Americans and represents a historic step.
Pelosi made the remarks on the West Front of the Capitol surrounded by Democratic lawmakers.
The retooled health overhaul bill she presented Thursday delivers on many of President Barack Obama's goals for reshaping the U.S. health care system. It represents months of negotiations to bridge differences between liberal and moderate Democrats.
The bill would extend coverage to 36 million more Americans, bar insurance companies from denying coverage based on health history and require employers to offer coverage to their workers. Anti-abortion protesters briefly disrupted Pelosi's remarks.