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WASHINGTON, DC - Nov. 07: Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., with crutches, shakes hands with Ron Pollack, executive director of FamiliesUSA, as he arrives for a news conference after the House passed most ambitious overhaul of the U.S. health care system in 40 years, allowing President Obama to win a preliminary round in what could still be a long battle for his top domestic priority. Like his father before him, Dingell has championed universal health care throughout his 54-year House career. Dingell also presided as the House debated the rule governing consideration of the bill, just as he wielded the gavel 40 years ago when the House considered the Medicare bill. The 220-215 vote for the trillion-dollar effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans who currently lack it capped a long debate during which a soporific tone belied the tension within the majority Democratic caucus. Standing to Dingell's right is Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.  (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - Nov. 07: Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., with crutches, shakes hands with Ron Pollack, executive director of FamiliesUSA, as he arrives for a news conference after the House passed most ambitious overhaul of the U.S. health care system in 40 years, allowing President Obama to win a preliminary round in what could still be a long battle for his top domestic priority. Like his father before him, Dingell has championed universal health care throughout his 54-year House career....
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