As a crucial vote on health care approaches for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the White House and insurance companies fought over the cost of health insurance. Democrats responded angrily to an insurance group's study warning that health-insurance premiums would soar. "Health-insurance companies have been laughing all the way to the bank for generations while people suffer," said Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va. "The industry stands today as the greatest impediment to real health care reform."

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