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How They Passed Health Care: Tri-Com Unity, Climate Change Handicaps And The Offer Max Baucus Should Have Refused

07/23/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It was Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who had tried to get tough with the manufacturers of biological drugs. He was thrilled to be pursuing health care reform, a lifelong crusade, and he was an unabashed fan of the president. But few people in Washington were more upset about the deal Obama and Baucus had cut with the pharmaceutical industry -- and the way it seemed to undercut the progress Waxman and colleagues were making.

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