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Health-care reform bill needs more committee support – MedCity Morning Read, Oct. 5, 2009

Two Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee are still undecided about the health-care reform bill that is supposed to be up for a vote this week, according to The Washington Post. As of Sunday, Sen. John Rockefeller of West Virginia and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon had not offered their support of the legislation.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee are still undecided about the health-care reform bill that is supposed to be up for a vote this week, according to The Washington Post.

As of Sunday, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon had not offered their support of the legislation, the Post reported.

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“More needs to be done to hold insurance companies accountable, to hold premiums down for the American people,” Wyden said in an interview, according to the Post. “I want to continue these discussions.”

It is unlikely the committee will defeat the bill, the Post said. Still, if the committee’s 10 Republicans vote against it, “two Democratic defections would be enough to send [Chairman Max] Baucus and the Obama White House scrambling to regroup,” the newspaper reported.

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