Obama's health care plan advances in Senate

(AP) - President Barack Obama's vow to overhaul theU.S. health care system has cleared a key hurdle with a Senatecommittee passing a bill.

The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation Tuesday thatmeets most of the requirements set out by Obama for expandingcoverage and cutting costs. The president has made health carereform his top domestic priority.

But Obama's plan still faces an uncertain future. The measurenow goes before the full Senate. The House of Representatives isworking on its own bill and the two measures would eventually haveto be reconciled.

Obama had hoped for bipartisan support, but only one moderateRepublican on the 23-member committee, Olympia Snowe, backed theplan.

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