US Senate Committee Approves Obama Healthcare Reform BillWorld | October 14, 2009, Wednesday // 07:44| views
President Obama welcomed the committee's decision, calling it a "critical milestone". Photo by BGNES
A Senate committee has approved a bill to reform US healthcare, a key step in President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul the system.
Senators voted by 14 votes to nine to pass the bill, with one Republican joining Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee in voting in favour.
Senator Olympia Snowe became the first Republican to back the proposals.
The reforms, intended to cut costs and make insurance more affordable, are Obama's top domestic priority.
President Obama welcomed the committee's decision, calling it a "critical milestone".
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