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Colo. Sen. Bennet: Health bill imperfect but a step forward

DENVER, Colorado - U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is outspoken about his disappointments in the proposed health care overhaul - and about why he thinks it should be approved.

The Colorado Democrat says he's disappointed the Senate version doesn't include a public insurance plan. He criticized "special deals" included to get the necessary 60 votes for the measure.

But Bennet says the proposed changes would be much better than the current system. He says the Senate version would extend coverage to 840,000 uninsured Coloradans and help about 68,000 small businesses in the state provide health insurance to employees.

Bennet expects the final bill to be closer to the Senate version than the House version.

Democratic leaders are meeting President Barack Obama this week on reconciling the two bills.

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