Ohio's Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said there were "about 31 million" reasons why he voted in favor of the health-care bill.
Brown wanted a government-run health-care plan in the bill. But while saying the final Senate bill is "not perfect," Brown said it nonetheless "will lower costs for middle-class families with insurance, while providing help to 31 million Americans who lack it. And insurers will have to play by a new set of rules, including an immediate ban on pre-existing-condition exclusions for children."
Brown added: "The bill also invests in small businesses, providing an immediate tax credit to help employers cover their workers. … Seniors on Medicare will see their prescription-drug costs cut in half and, for the first time, will have access to free annual check-ups and screenings."
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