Senate OKs health care fix-it bill, House is next

The Senate passed a bill reshaping parts of the new health care overhaul law on Thursday and is sending it back to the House for final congressional approval.Democrats eager to get the contentious issue behind them had hoped that the Senate’s 56-43 vote would finish lawmakers’ work on the measure.

But Republicans managed to kill a minor provision on grants for low-income students that violated Congress’ budget rules. Now the House has to approve an identical bill before President Barack Obama can sign it.

House leaders predict the bill will be complete by the end of the week. The measure boosts health care subsidies for low-income people and reduces new taxes on high-cost health insurance policies.

The House passed the health care bill 219-212 March 21. President Obama signed the bill on Tuesday.