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Senators OK health reform

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ST. PAUL - A divided Minnesota Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a health-care reform package some lawmakers described as bold and necessary and others said moves too fast.

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The bill aims to bring down health care costs, get more Minnesotans health insurance and lead to better health care results, said author Sen. Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis.

Action is needed because without reforming the system, Berglin said, health care spending will continue to escalate.

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