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Democrats spar over Obama's deal with drug industry

New York Times, September 23, 2009

The first big fight over the Senate Finance Committee's healthcare legislation erupted over a deal that the Obama administration cut with the pharmaceutical industry to achieve $80 billion in savings on drug costs over 10 years. Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, has proposed an amendment that would essentially toss out the White House deal with PhRMA, the lobbying association for the drug industry. Nelson said his alternate plan would extract an additional $86 billion more from the drug industry.