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Single Payer Vote Dropped By Weiner In Health Care Compromise

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Representative Anthony D. Weiner, Democrat of New York, and one of the fiercest champions in Congress of a single-payer health system that would be fully run by the government, said Friday that he had agreed not to insist on a vote on that issue in an effort to help Democratic leaders pass their plan.

Previously, Mr. Weiner had obtained a commitment from the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to allow a vote on a proposal to create a single-payer system like the one used by Canada and many countries in Europe, including England, Germany, France and Spain.

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