LI politicians divided on health care bill

On the eve of the historic House vote on President Barack Obama's health care legislation, local politicians and average Long Islanders remain divided on the reform.

All four Democratic congressmen from Long Island, including Rep. Steve Israel, are supporting the bill.

"Seventy-one percent of my constituents have employer-sponsored health care," Israel said. "For the first time, their insurance companies will not deny them for pre-existing conditions."

However, Republican Rep. Peter King said he opposes the legislation that comes with a price tag of $940 billion.

"We should not be revamping the entire system," he said.

The House is expected to hold an up-or-down vote on the bill Sunday.

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