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UPDATE: Senate passes overhaul changes, now goes to House

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The end is near for a year-long campaign to overhaul America's health care system.

Senate lawmakers are right now debating a package of fixes to the new health care law signed by President Barack Obama Tuesday. Its approval at the end of this week is virtually assured, despite some Republicans who have pledged to do everything they can to delay or change the measure.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin Wednesday accused GOP lawmakers of engaging in what he calls a "political exercise" by slowing progress on the bill and said they should instead just accept the system remake.

Opinion polls show the public remains on the fence about the reform and Obama is taking his message on the road, with a stop Thursday in Iowa.

The $1 trillion program will for the first time ever cement coverage as the right of every U.S. citizen and will begin to reshape the way many receive and pay for treatment.

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