BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello says he opposes the health care overhaul bill in its current form and is unsure if the proposal will pass the House if a vote comes this week.
The Democrat from Belleville tells The (Alton) Telegraph that he's concerned the Senate bill would allow public funding for abortions and cost hasn't been fully determined.
The White House-backed legislation would provide health insurance to millions of uninsured Americans and ban insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions.
The House's chief Democratic headcounter said Sunday he hadn't rounded up enough votes to pass.
Costello says the bill is so complex that it scares people. He says he would instead support legislation focusing on key issues including coverage for pre-existing conditions.
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