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AARP endorses House's health care bill

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Former Minnesota Attorney General Skip Humphrey, who's currently on the AARP's national board, watches AARP President announce that the seniors organization is endorsing the House health care reform bill.
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AARP, a group that represents 40 million seniors, Thursday endorsed the House health care reform bill. The endorsement comes two days before House members are expected to vote on the bill.

Former Minnesota Attorney General Skip Humphrey, who's a member of AARP's national board, said the House version meets a number of key requirements for seniors, including closing a coverage gap in Medicare drug benefits and preserving traditional Medicare.

"By and large while this is not everything that everybody would want, it is a significant step forward and it meets the requirements that we feel that our members have been asking us for," Humphrey said.

The Senate is still working on a final version of its health care overhaul bill.