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GOP insurance standard passes House

WASHINGTON — Defying a veto threat from President Barack Obama, the House on Friday approved legislation that would allow health insurance companies to renew individual insurance policies and sell similar policies to new customers next year even if the coverage does not provide all the benefits and consumer protections required by the new health care law.

The vote was 261-157, with 39 Democrats bucking their party leadership to vote in favor of the bill.

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