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Senate health care bill costs $849 billion

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Democratic leadership aide says legislation headed to the Senate floor would extend health care coverage to 31 million uninsured Americans at a cost of $849 billion over a decade.

Citing the Congressional Budget Office, the aide says the bill would cut the federal deficit by $127 billion over that decade.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the information had not been shared with rank-and-file Democrats in the Senate.

Debate is expected to begin on the measure this week.

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