CLEVELAND HEIGHTS — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown stumped for national health care reform at a Cleveland Heights church Friday morning, bringing with him local perspective and urgency.

"We together are going to see this Congress pass national health care reform by the end of the year," the Ohio Democrat told a crowd of about 500 community organizers and activists packed into the sanctuary at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. Many held up an array of signs, such as "Fix it now" and "Caution: Pre-existing condition."

President Barack Obama has called health care reform a top priority, proposing a national system that would include both private and public insurance options for all Americans. Brown said he expects writing on legislation to begin soon.

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