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A crowd gathers outside the Minnesota Senate chamber Thursday while senators inside debate a health insurance marketplace.

Health marketplace makes a big change

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ST. PAUL -- Sen. Tony Lourey endured 12 hours of debate on what he called the biggest change in the Minnesota health care system in decades.

Senators voted late Thursday 37-28 to approve Lourey's bill forming a Minnesota Insurance Marketplace, a mostly Web-based system for Minnesotans to buy health care insurance.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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