Healthcare Bill Approved by Second House Panel

A second House committee has approved health care legislation that President Barack Obama is seeking.

The vote in the House Education and Labor Committee was 26-22. A few hours earlier, the Ways and Means Committee passed its portion of the bill.

Democrats are hoping to push the entire measure through the full House for a vote by the end of the month, but to do that, they still need approval in the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Republicans are methodically seeking to strip out many of the central provisions of the bill, but have been outvoted consistently.

The bill is designed to extend insurance to millions who lack it, as well as slow the increase in health care costs nationally.