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US House passes healthcare bill

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The US House of Representatives has narrowly backed a healthcare bill in a step towards reforms pledged by President Obama.

Passed in a narrow 220-215 vote, the bill aims to extend coverage to 36 million more Americans and provide affordable healthcare to 96% of the population.

The bill now has to be reconciled with a separate Senate draft law.

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