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Health industry cash flowed to drafters of reform

Washington Post, July 21, 2009

As the Senate Finance Committee has taken center stage in the battle over healthcare reform, Chairman Max Baucus has emerged as a leading recipient of Senate campaign contributions from the hospitals, insurers, and other medical interest groups hoping to shape the legislation to their advantage. Health-related companies and their employees gave Baucus's political committees nearly $1.5 million in 2007 and 2008, when he began holding hearings and making preparations for this year's reform debate.