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Lawmakers vote along party lines on health care reform bill


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Support for a national health care reform bill is shaping up as strictly partisan. Democrats on a U.S. Senate committee approved the measure.

Republican Congressman John Campbell echoed Senate leaders in his party when he said he believes that insurers could drop coverage for some middle class Americans under the proposal.

John Campbell: "A private company is supposed to provide insurance but if they don’t, they can pay an 8 percent fee to the federal government and not put their people on health insurance. And the general belief is that a number of companies will make that choice thereby forcing people out of the private market and on to this government health insurance plan."

Campbell, whose district includes much of the South Bay, spoke with KPCC’s Larry Mantle. Democrats maintain that the bill would expand access to medical care.