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Obama's deal with drug firms survives

Washington Post, September 25, 2009

Democratic senators tried unsuccessfully to override a deal the drug industry struck months ago with the Obama White House and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.). If the deal fell apart, industry allies warned, the drug lobby could pivot from health reform cheerleader to committed opponent armed with a $125 million war chest. It also foreshadowed battles to come as Democrats in both the House and Senate vowed anew to seek larger concessions from an industry that spent $92 million in lobbying in the first half of this year.