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Sen. David Vitter, R-La., offered an amendment to repeal the healthcare law altogether, while Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., offered one that bars sexual offenders from receiving Viagra under new federal insurance plans.

After successfully defeating every Republican amendment, Democrats were anxious for the changes to the $938 billion bill to be approved in the House Thursday night and have this issue put to bed before Congress breaks for Easter recess this weekend, and they were not disappointed.

Members of both parties now will head home to their constituents to either defend or bash the overhaul in what will likely be a seven-month national debate on the law, with citizens getting the final vote in November.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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