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U.S. House panel sets debate this week on its portion of $3.5 trillion bill

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By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee this week will attempt to advance sweeping legislation to expand healthcare benefits for the elderly and other social services as part of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion domestic investment plan. The House Ways and Means Committee plans to debate its wide-ranging measure that also would expand Medicare health coverage for the elderly to include dental, vision and hearing benefits in work sessions on Thursday and Friday. The measure, which is expected to draw lock-step opposition from Republicans, also would provide up t…

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