WASHINGTON - The fate of a proposal involving federal guarantees for certain hospital bonds remained up in the air yesterday as the House Ways and Means Committee delayed action indefinitely on a health care reform bill.

Rep. Sam Gibbons, the Florida Democrat who is acting chairman of the panel, said he was unable to release the details of his health care reform package and could not allow the committee to vote on it because the Congressional Budget Office had not provided revenue estimates on a number of its provisions.

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