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Published March 22, 2010, 09:20 PM

How Will Health Care Reform Legislation Affect You?

The U.S. House has approved sweeping health care reform legislation. The bill approved last night in Washington extends health care to tens of millions of uninsured.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

The U.S. House has approved sweeping health care reform legislation. The bill approved last night in Washington extends health care to tens of millions of uninsured. Eventually, the bill requires Americans to have health insurance coverage, and it would provide subsidies to families of four making less than $88,000 per year.

While this bill will go to President Obama for his signature, another bill with changes made by the House will go to the Senate. This reconciliation bill can't be filibustered and it can be passed with a 51 member majority vote. Republicans can raise motions in the Senate, and this could delay the process.

"Anything that they think can be challenged as not related to reducing the deficit, they can issue a challenge, a point of order, and then that may or may not get it removed from the bill. But at least it's going to take some time ," says UND Political Science Professor Robert Wood

Wood says it could be a long time before you see real changes.

Although the bill's ban on preexisting conditions will take effect quickly, other changes will be phased in over the next several years.

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